Child Advocacy and Protection: Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship
The Medical College of Wisconsin and Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) sponsors a three-year fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics. Fellows will develop skills and expertise in evaluating all types of child maltreatment, providing legal testimony, and advocating for children through their work as members of the multidisciplinary team, didactics, rotations with other specialties, attendance at conferences and experiences with community agencies.
The primary teaching site for the Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship is Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW), a freestanding academic children’s hospital affiliated with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). A freestanding children's hospital with a Level I Trauma Center, CHW serves children throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Fellows will be an integral part of the Child Advocacy and Protection Services (CAPS) program, which provides hospital-based and outpatient services for suspected victims of child abuse and neglect. The medical team is composed of pediatricians and nurse practitioners who are actively engaged in teaching and research in addition to their clinical duties. Every year, the child abuse team evaluates more than 7,000 cases of child maltreatment, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and foster care evaluations.
Outpatient clinical experience includes time at the Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center. The Center serves Milwaukee and surrounding areas to provide onsite services including forensic interviews, mental health therapy, medical evaluations, and victim services.
Each Child Abuse Pediatrics fellow will complete a scholarly project during their fellowship. MCW’s Quantitative Health Sciences department provides support for research development, study design, and statistics.
The Department of Pediatrics may subsidize tuition for fellows who wish to obtain a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Bioethics, or Clinical and Translational Science through the Medical College of Wisconsin during their fellowship.