Pediatrics * Elective Course Description

Course Name: Child Protection Program 
Course Number: PE-493
Elective Type: B2
Coordinator(s):

Contact: Maxine Schmeidler Maxine.Schmeidler@umassmed.edu
508-856-3102

Department: Pediatrics
Sites Available: UMMHC-University Campus
Months Offered: May through April
Number of Students / Month:
Prerequisites: Completion of 3rd Year Pediatric Clerkship 
Elective Description:  This elective will provide an opportunity for students to participate in medical evaluations for suspected abuse and neglect. This experience will allow the students to:
     1) Acquire skills to obtain a detailed history in a non-judgmental manner.
     2) Learn how to distinguish developmentally reasonable accidental injuries from inflicted injuries.
     3)Learn how to do a detailed genital examination in children & adolescents who are suspected
        victims of sexual abuse.
     4) Complete self-instruction slide set regarding physical and sexual abuse findings.
     5) Learn how to interact with multiple disciplines within the community.
     6) Learn how to file a report for possible child maltreatment with the Department of Social Services.
     7) When possible observe court testimony.

Note: This elective is primarily observational for students given the highly sensitive nature of the information collected in the histories and legal ramifications of the examinations.

Location:  UMMHC-University Campus, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA  01655   www.mapquest.com
Website: Department of Pediatrics  http://www.umassmed.edu/pediatrics/