About the Child Abuse Medical Preceptorship


The Child Abuse Medical Preceptorship is currently on hold. Neither travel nor in-person events can occur under federal funding at this time.


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The goal of the Midwest Regional CAC's Child Abuse Medical Preceptorship 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. Once a practitioner makes the decision to take on these evaluations, the next challenge is to find high quality hands-on training that will provide them with the skills they need to be proficient and competent in child abuse medical evaluations.

The Experience

The Child Abuse Medical Preceptorship program builds upon our foundational medical education programs by connecting providers with highly qualified centers of practice in their region to receive hands-on technical skills and education. The preceptorship is a two-part experience which includes:

  1. Participation in a four-day intensive clinical experience that includes a combination of observation, hands-on simulation and technical training
  2. Enrollment in myCasereview

Ongoing mentorship is also available at an additional cost.

The Child Abuse Medical Preceptorship is rooted in a curriculum that was developed over the course of a year in collaboration with multidisciplinary professionals nationwide. We acknowledge the contributions and hard work of the following individuals and organizations in helping us to craft a curriculum with the ultimate goal to increase access to high quality exams for kids across the nation:

  • 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 - Western Regional CAC (WRCAC)
  • 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: CARES Northwest, Portland, OR
  • Midwest Region: Kids-TALK Children's Advocacy Center, Detroit, MI; Children's Mercy, Kansas City, MO; and Pediatric Resource Center, Peoria, IL
  • Northeast Region: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

The Midwest Regional CAC believes in offering high-quality, cost-effective programming. Participation in this program is a minimal investment for improving the care for kids in communities across the nation.

Child Abuse Medical Preceptorship: $700

The program cost includes the following:

  • 4 Day Clinical Experience
  • Access to supplemental online educational materials and resources
  • Membership in myCasereview, our anonymous expert review program

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

Optional - On-Going Mentorship for 3 Months post-preceptorship (up to 3 hours/month): $729

Need Financial Assistance?

The Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers have set aside a limited number of scholarships to cover both the program cost as well as travel and lodging assistance. There is room for you to indicate your financial assistance needs on the application.

Prerequisites: Minimum requirement includes successful completion of the online Medical Training Academy (20 hours) and/or IAFN approved Pediatric SANE program (40 hours) or other agreed upon didactic curriculum by the medical committee that meets the required skills checklist.

Students must be affiliated with a children's advocacy center. Also, they will be required to take a pre-test scoring 75% or higher and must read the required literature for this course prior to arrival at preceptorship site.

In addition, students should have the knowledge and be able to:

Model mandated reporting law in the state where medical professional practices

Demonstrate ability to obtain comprehensive health history, including:

  • Review of systems
  • Health history
  • Obtain history from multiple sources, if available, including patient, parent/caregiver, law enforcement and/or child protection
  • Immunization status
  • History of the event

Demonstrate head-to-toe assessment

Differentiate normal anogenital anatomy from normal variants and abnormal findings

Describe forensic evidence collection and identify best procedure for collection:

  • Outline chain of evidence
  • Describe external vs. internal evidence collection to reflect age considerations in pre-pubertal population

Explain STI symptomatology and treatment (prophylaxis v actual treatment)

Describe examination techniques:

  • Foley catheter in post-pubertal girls
  • Use of cotton swab applicators in post-pubertal girls
  • Speculum in post-pubertal girls with menses
  • Labial separation/traction
  • Knee chest vs. supine frog leg
  • Sterile water to float the hymen

Use photo and written documentation to record oral and anogenital examination

Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to perform psychosocial assessment to know when to refer for crisis intervention, suicide intervention, mental health assessment/counseling and other appropriate referrals

Apply culturally sensitive approach throughout assessment and evaluation

The Child Abuse Medical Preceptorship is currently on hold. Neither travel nor in-person events can occur under federal funding at this time.

All medical providers will be required to take a pre-test to assess their baseline knowledge. Medical providers will be required to receive a score of 75% or higher to pass. Once the pre-test is completed and the medical provider has scored at least 75% on the pre-test, the medical provider will be enrolled in the preceptorship program.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in participating in, please complete the application at https://mrcac.tfaforms.net/f/CAMPapp.