Overview

Child abuse occurs commonly and can have a lifelong impact on victims’ physical and mental health. When the issue of child abuse is raised in a clinical setting, it is important for pediatricians to know how to respond to and evaluate the child, when to refer the child for evaluation by other professionals, when to report the case to the appropriate investigative agency, and how to counsel parents to decrease the long-term deleterious effects of the abuse. Providers who care for child abuse victims should be aware of recent developments within the state regarding evidence collection.

Studies have shown that pediatricians often have not been properly trained to examine the anogenital region of a child’s body when sexual abuse is suspected nor are they trained in techniques for optimal photodocumentation of their findings. Identification and appropriate interpretation of both anogenital examination findings and screening for sexually transmitted infections are essential components of medical care for victims of sexual abuse. In addition, photodocumentation of exam findings is considered standard of care and can obviate the need for a child to undergo repeated examination as well as facilitate peer review and classification of findings. Finally, being able to offer expert testimony in court is necessary to ensure a child’s safety.

Many children referred to CACs across the state for both forensic interviews and medical examinations have experienced physical abuse. Medical providers should be able to identify bruising and injuries that are manifestations of child physical abuse and know the next steps in managing a child who has injuries suspected to be the result of child physical abuse.

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Speakers

Laura Sudkamp


Laboratory Director Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratories Frankfort, Kentucky
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Jacqueline Sugarman, MD, FAAP


Associate Professor of Pediatrics Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine University of Kentucky College of Medicine Lexington, Kentucky
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Austin Green, JD


Assistant County Attorney Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit, Office of Mike O’Connell - Jefferson County Attorney Louisville, Kentucky
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Anita Capillo, RN, BSN, SANE


Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Clinical Coordinator Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass Lexington, Kentucky
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Todd Willard, JD


Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Fayette County Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney Lexington, Kentucky
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Vinod Rao, MD, FAAP


Board Certified Child Abuse Pediatrician Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine Assistant Professor of Pediatrics University of Louisville School of Medicine Louisville, Kentucky
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Melissa Currie, MD, FAAP


Professor, Fellowship Program Director, Medical Director, & Chief Kosair Charities Division Pediatric Forensic Medicine University of Louisville School of Medicine Louisville, Kentucky
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Accreditation

CME

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The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge

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