Child Protection Program - Child Abuse Fellowship

Facilities and Resources

Riley Hospital for Children is the only comprehensive children’s hospital and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the state of Indiana.  Fellows benefit during their training from the following services offered at Riley Hospital:  all pediatric subspecialties are represented: a pediatric burn unit, a sexual assault examination room with dedicated photo-videography equipment, a high clinical volume with exposure to a wide variety of conditions (including accidental injuries, inflicted injuries and mimics), and clinical rotations available in a wide variety of specialties and subspecialties.

During the 3 year fellowship, there are multiple opportunities for exposure to the medical-legal system.  Fellows will testify in cases in which they provided medical care including juvenile hearings and criminal proceedings up to and including criminal trials.  In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to provide medical-legal consultation along with a faculty member to other attorneys seeking an expert opinion, such as U.S. Attorneys, defendant’s attorneys, and county prosecuting attorneys.

Fellows have learning opportunities with diverse child abuse pediatric groups.  We routinely participate in teleconferences with child abuse pediatrics programs in other parts of the country.  These conferences include journal clubs, fellow conferences and multi-center research studies.

Research opportunities include a wide variety of clinical and pediatric health services research in a university setting with an already existing infrastructure.

Graduate degree opportunities are available.  Fellows may combine this core course work with additional courses to allow for the completion of a master’s degree (examples include clinical research, public health and ethics).