Our Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship contains various components that provide fellows with the background knowledge, clinical and research experience necessary to deliver excellent care to children suspected of having been abused.

During our three-year training, fellows work in CHKD's Child Abuse Program, which provides forensic interviews, medical evaluations, psychological testing, case management, family advocacy, psychotherapy and other services.

Clinical activities

Fellows will become clinically proficient in the evaluation, care and treatment of a child or adolescent victim resulting from abuse and or neglect.

Fellows perform inpatient and investigative consultations and sexual assault examinations. Fellows spend three clinic days per week at the Child Abuse Clinic and schedule urgent cases as they arise.

Fellows also participate in: 

  • APSAC's weeklong Forensic Interview Training Clinic
  • Collaboration with mental health team regarding patient care and follow-up services
  • Hampton Roads Regional Fatality Review Team meetings to develop prevention strategies to address concerns surrounding child fatalities in the region
  • Multidisciplinary team evaluation as a medical representative on cases in jurisdictions across seven regional cities and several branches of the military
  • Rotation in forensic pathology and ongoing joint case evaluations

Teaching activities

Fellows in our program develop and demonstrate their teaching competence in the following ways:

  • Give lectures regarding all aspects of child abuse and neglect, including training at national conferences
  • Present for both medical and non-medical audiences locally and nationally
  • Teach and supervise trainees during rotations

Research activities

Fellows will gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a productive investigator by participating in:

  • Epidemiology, statistics and research design courses
  • Child Abuse research team
  • Departmental and EVMS-based research education 
  • Design, implementation, completion and submission of a research project with the goal of presentation at a scientific meeting and publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Mentorship from CHKD and CAP faculty