Pediatrics: Child Advocacy & Protection

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Child Advocacy and Protection: Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship


three adults at conference tableThe Medical College of Wisconsin and Affiliated Hospitals (MCWAH) sponsors a three-year fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics (CAPs). 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 CAPs fellowship is Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW), a freestanding academic children’s hospital affiliated with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). A 296-bed 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. In total, the child abuse team evaluated more than 5500 cases of child maltreatment in 2010, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and foster care evaluations.

Outpatient clinical experience includes time at the Child Protection Center (CPC). The CPC serves Milwaukee as well as the 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.

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