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2017-18 Preceptorship on Child Abuse Examinations

Friday, July 7, 2017  
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WHAT: A highly competitive, fully funded 60-hour preceptorship to enhance skills of evaluating children with concerns of child abuse and neglect.

  •  Coordinated since 2003 through the PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, with fiscal oversight by the PA Department of Human Services.
  • Led by experts in the field of child abuse pediatrics:
    • Philip Scribano, DO, MSCE - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    • Adelaide Eichman, MD, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
    • Allan DeJong, MD, Nemours - Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
    • Lori Frasier, MD, Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center
  • Topics covered include the role of the medical provider, evaluation and diagnostic approach of child physical and sexual abuse, documentation and interpretation of findings, testifying as a medical expert, use of technology, networking and team development.

WHO: Designed for physicians and Nurse Practitioners in Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and other child-focused fields, who care about child maltreatment and are willing to evaluate children in their communities.

 Only three participants will be selected.  Special consideration will be given to those in geographic locations that are a significant distance from major medical centers and to those actively involved with a Children’s Advocacy Center.

WHEN: The preceptorship begins in September and is to be completed by April 30, 2018; every effort is made to accommodate the busy schedule of participants.

  • Includes multiple web-based didactic sessions, observation in various clinical settings, and post-preceptorship case reviews.
  • Observation hours will include at least one full day at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Children’s Resource Center in Harrisburg. Additional hours will be scheduled at a location agreed upon by the preceptors.


  • Participants receive the AAP Visual Diagnosis of Child Abuse, 4th Edition, on USB Drive, Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis, Treatment and Evidence – Expert Consult (Carole Jenny), Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: A Practical Guide (Finkel), journal articles, an ABFO photo scale and a high quality digital camera kit.
  • CME credits are provided by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.Participants will receive a certificate of completion when all objectives are met.
  • Funding is available to offset the cost of travel, meals and lodging. A detailed explanation of how to request travel reimbursement will be provided.

To apply, submit a minimum of one page, double-spaced typed explanation of your goals/objectives for the program, detailed plans for utilizing your enhanced skills and knowledge, and plan for ongoing continuing education and peer review for your work in child abuse assessments. Please list contact information for your supervisor and your plan to incorporate the 60 hour preceptorship into your work schedule; include CV. Application deadline is Aug. 1st, 2017. Submit all required application materials via email to:

Teresa Olsen, M.Ed.

Program Director, Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect Program (SCAN)

PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Questions? Call 484-446-3033


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