About the Child Abuse Medical Preceptorship


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The goal of our Child Abuse Medical Preceptorship (CAMP) program is to increase access to quality medical care for victims of child abuse by providing practitioners with hands-on technical skills, training, and mentorship.

Bridging the Gap

More than half of the nation’s CACs are located in rural areas. In many of these communities, it can be challenging to find a practitioner willing and able to provide evaluations for victims of abuse. After deciding to take on these evaluations, the next challenge is finding high-quality, hands-on training to equip the practitioner with the skills needed for proficiency and competency in child abuse medical evaluations.

The CAMP Experience

CAMP builds upon our foundational medical education programs by connecting providers with highly-qualified centers of practice in their region for hands-on technical skills and education. This a four-day intensive clinical experience combining observation, hands-on simulation, and technical training; it also includes enrollment in myCasereview. Ongoing mentorship is available at an additional cost.

CAMP is rooted in a curriculum developed in collaboration with multidisciplinary professionals nationwide. We are deeply grateful for the contributions and hard work of the following individuals and organizations:

  • Karen Farst, MD - Arkansas Children's Hospital
  • Lori Frasier, MD - University of Pennsylvania - Hershey
  • Nancy Harper, MD - University of Minnesota
  • Suzanne Starling, MD - Suzanne P Starling, MD, A Medical Corporation
  • Dawn Scaff, MS, RN - Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
  • Jan Dunn - National Children's Alliance (NCA)
  • Jennifer Pierce Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P - International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)
  • Diane Faugno, MSN, RN, CPN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FAAFS, DF-IAFN
  • Teresa Smith, PhD - Northeast Regional CAC (NRCAC)
  • Maureen Fitzgerald
  • Cym Doggett - Southern Regional CAC (SRCAC)
  • Caitlin Smith - West Virginia Children's Advocacy Network
  • Debbie Hall - Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas
  • Catherine Bass - Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas

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Preceptorship opportunities are available at the following sites:

  • Southern Region: CARE (Child Abuse Resource & Evaluation) Team at Driscoll Children's Hospital, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Western Region: Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, CA; CARES Northwest, Portland, OR (special circumstances)
  • Midwest Region: Pediatric Resource Center, Peoria, IL
  • Northeast Region: Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, Hackensack, NJ 

We believe in offering high-quality, cost-effective programming.

Child Abuse Medical Preceptorship: $600

The program cost includes the following:

  • Four-day clinical experience
  • Access to supplemental online educational materials and resources
  • One-year subscription to myCasereview, an anonymous expert review program

Travel and lodging are not including in the cost of the program.

Optional - Ongoing mentorship for 3 months post-preceptorship (up to 3 hours/month): $729

Financial Assistance

There are a limited number of scholarships available from each Regional CAC to cover the program cost, travel, and lodging assistance. There is space to indicate any financial assistance needs on the application.

Requirements Applicants must:
  • Be affiliated with a children's advocacy center (CAC);
  • Pass the pre-test (75% or higher) included in the application;
  • Read the required literature prior to arrival at preceptorship site;
  • Identify a medical supervisor and acquire a signed Medical Supervisor Attestation Form; and
  • Acquire a signed CAC Acknowledgment Form from the director of their affiliated CAC confirming the chosen medical supervisor and either myCasereview participation OR ongoing review of cases by an advanced medical consultant.
In addition, minimum requirements include successful completion of one of the following:
  • Online Medical Training Academy (20 hours) OR
  • IAFN-approved Pediatric SANE program (40 hours) OR
  • Another nationally-recognized didactic curriculum meeting the required skills checklist and agreed upon by the MRCAC Medical Director
At the end of the preceptorship, students will need to demonstrate the items on their skills checklist to be completed at the end of the preceptorship.

All medical providers are required to take a pre-test to assess baseline knowledge. Once the pre-test is completed with a score of at least 75% and the necessary forms are submitted, the medical provider will be enrolled in CAMP.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the application at mrcac.tfaforms.net/f/CAMPapp.


For any additional questions or inquiries, feel free to contact Jennifer Stimson, Medical Program Manager, at jennifer.stimson@childrensmn.org.