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Child Abuse Pediatrics

Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship


Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) Department of Pediatrics in conjunction with Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters have offered a Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship program since 2003. Our program trains pediatricians to become medical experts knowledgeable in all areas of child abuse and neglect, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and failure to thrive, as well as psychological abuse and neglect. The fellowship provides comprehensive training and experience in clinical assessment, educational presentation skills, and research skills for physicians who will pursue careers as clinicians, educators, or researchers.

The Child Abuse Program at CHKD consists of both medical and mental health components, involving physicians, forensic nurses, social workers, psychologists, and case managers. The program is a fully equipped multidisciplinary facility, with multiple observation/treatment rooms and full capacity for audio- and video-taped forensic interviews. The program has a very active multidisciplinary research team. The Child Abuse Program is committed to medical student and resident education with mandatory and elective pediatric resident rotations for both CHKD and military residents, allowing the child abuse fellow opportunities for one on one teaching and didactic presentations. Fellows are a part of a regional multidisciplinary team process and will testify in court, train law enforcement, social services, and the legal community, and participate in statewide organizations and committees.

The fellowship program at CHKD is accredited by the ACGME and successful graduates are eligible for child abuse pediatrics boards certification administered by the American Board of Pediatrics. The program is open to graduates of accredited pediatric residencies. Applications should be submitted through ERAS; the fellowship director reviews all completed applications and selects a pool of applicants that are invited to interview with our faculty in the summer of each year (typically July - September) for a Fall match.  One fellowship position is awarded annually through the NRMP for a term of 3 years.