Child Protection Program - Child Abuse Fellowship

Goals and Objectives

The overall educational goals for the fellowship program are to provide fellows with the background knowledge, clinical and research experience necessary to allow them to deliver optimal care to the potentially abused child; and to qualify fellows for child abuse pediatrics subspecialty board certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.

General goals, each with specific objectives, are listed below according to the six ACGME core clinical competencies:

  1. Patient Care: Fellows will become clinically proficient in the evaluation, care, and treatment of the child and adolescent victim of child abuse and neglect and will learn to function as a cooperative partner in a multidisciplinary team.
  2. Medical Knowledge: Fellows must demonstrate broad general pediatric knowledge in addition to a comprehensive understanding of the state of the child abuse literature as it continually evolves.
  3. Interpersonal and Communication Skills:  Each fellow must be proficient in all their communications, written and verbal, for a wide variety of audiences including families, healthcare professionals, learners, investigatory professionals and those involved in legal proceedings such as attorneys, judges and jurors.  Communication skills by necessity must be accurate, respectful, timely and at an appropriate level of understanding for the audience with which they are communicating.
  4. Professionalism:  Fellows must be committed to acting ethically, professionally and objectively in all their professional activities.
  5. Systems-Based Practice:  Fellows must be able to practice effectively within the larger system serving maltreated children through care coordination, advocacy for patients and their families, efforts in prevention and dissemination of knowledge to the public.
  6. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:  Fellows will hone a personal commitment to lifelong learning and quality improvement through self-evaluation, evaluation of the evolving body of literature, peer review and quality improvement strategies.