Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health

Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program

Overview and mission of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship

About Safe Place and our services

In 2001, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia inaugurated Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health. Safe Place coordinates the Hospital's many support services to further enhance the protection and health of maltreated children by establishing innovative and effective initiatives. Safe Place provides comprehensive, accessible and high-quality healthcare to children who have been maltreated and those in substitute care. Through a multidisciplinary team model, the center promotes safety, health and developmental well-being in the lives of vulnerable children. In addition to quality patient care, the center provides an organizational structure that fosters professional collaboration in research, education, patient care, prevention and advocacy.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia identifies and treats more victims of child abuse than any medical institution in Pennsylvania. Abused children are referred to the Hospital from physicians, hospitals, law enforcement and social service agencies throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the state of New Jersey. The Children's Hospital Child Abuse Team was created in 1974. This multidisciplinary team consists of physicians, social workers, nurses, psychologists and other Hospital personnel who have a long-standing interest and extensive experience in diagnosing and providing intervention for maltreated children.

About the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program

A three-year ACGME accredited fellowship in child abuse pediatrics is included among Safe Place's many endeavors. The fellowship trains a pediatrician to become an academic leader in the growing subspecialty of child abuse pediatrics. The program is designed to provide the fellows with the pre-requisite training to become medical experts in all areas of child maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect (supervisional, medical and nutritional), psychological maltreatment, and factitious illness by proxy.

The fellowship is targeted to physicians who intend to pursue careers in academic settings as clinicians, researchers and teachers. Fellows are encouraged to pursue formal coursework for advanced degrees in clinical epidemiology, health policy or public health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program faculty

Fellowship Program Director and Safe Place Director

Philip V. Scribano, DO, MSCE
Division of General Pediatrics
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
215-590-5357
scribanop@email.chop.edu

Fellowship Associate Program Director/Research Director

Joanne N. Wood, MD, MSHP
Division of General Pediatrics
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
267-426-3107
woodjo@email.chop.edu

Chair, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

Cindy W. Christian, MD
Division of General Pediatrics
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
215-590-2058
christian@email.chop.edu

Division Chief

Louis M. Bell, MD
Division of General Pediatrics
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
215-590-1964
belll@email.chop.edu

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Specific information by years and/or rotation

Year one

The first year is a clinical year, with the fellow focusing on ambulatory and inpatient care as well as participating in all clinical activities associated with the fellowship.

Developed to ensure the ACGME core competencies are achieved within each rotation, the fellow will develop an emerging expertise in the evaluation and management of a diverse array of child maltreatment conditions. Knowledge gained through practice-based learning will enable the fellow to understand and determine a comprehensive differential diagnosis for these conditions. Multidisciplinary team meetings, with progressive responsibility in leading those meeting discussions provide the fellow with substantive systems-based practice and communication skills.

Years two and three

The fellow continues to engage in clinical activities, with the added concentration of research training and conducting activities and projects in consultation with the fellowship director and other faculty.

Fellows are encouraged to pursue advanced degrees in clinical epidemiology, health policy or public health, with their masters' thesis scholarly efforts resulting in high-quality research implementation, analysis and dissemination.

Various training grants are available at CHOP and Penn to provide the Child Abuse Pediatrics fellow with ample resources to be successful in these formative research training years.

Throughout the fellowship, the fellow will achieve mastery in presenting to small and larger groups using various teaching methods and formats to develop her/his teaching skills as an academic physician. Didactic presentations, journal clubs and case-based teaching to medical students, pediatric and surgical residents, allied health professionals, law enforcement personnel, social workers and lawyers in the area of child maltreatment will foster this important skill.

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Research expectations and opportunities

The fellow is expected to enhance research skills with the expectation that he or she will obtain a master's degree in clinical epidemiology, health policy or public health. The fellow will be expected to publish in a peer-reviewed journal and write case reviews/chapters in the first and second year, and complete an experimental research by the end of the third year of the fellowship program.

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General information on outcomes of fellows

Past trainees continue their active involvement in the field and many have become nationally recognized for their work with abused children. The fellowship has provided a diverse child-abuse-pediatrics faculty as clinician-educators, advocates, researchers, and policy experts. Our graduates have had a significant influence in the field as national leaders through their ongoing scholarly activities.

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Multidisciplinary conferences and meetings

The fellow is involved with a variety of multidisciplinary teams, including:

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How to Apply

Applicants to the Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship are selected through the National Resident Matching Program with applications processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS System). The fellowship program begins on July 1.

Eligibility

Application requirements

The following must be received prior to consideration of your application:

All application materials must be received through ERAS by October 31, 2013. An interview may be scheduled after receipt of the above documentation during the months of September and October. Our program will participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for fellowship beginning July 1, 2014. The timetable for the Web-based match is as follows (refer to NRMP website for any changes/updates in timetable):

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Report Child Abuse or Neglect

  • PA: 1-800-932-0313
  • NJ: 1-877-652-2873
  • DE: 1-800-292-9582
  • If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 first.