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Child Protection Team

During the rotation with the University of Florida Child Protection Team (UFCPT), residents will develop skills in recognizing, reporting and testifying about child abuse. These experiences will provide opportunity to view child abuse assessments and review educational materials.

Goals

At the end of the rotation, the resident will:

  1. Know:
    1. Florida laws which guide reporting of child abuse and neglect by physicians and two consequences to physician and child for failure to report.
    2. Two pathognomonic manifestations of sexual and physicial abuse.
    3. Four conditions that can be mistaken for physical or sexual abuse.
    4. Three manifestations of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
    5. Three risk factors for physicial and sexual abuse.
    6. Two approaches to child abuse prevention.
    7. The most common perpetrators and victims of child abuse.
    8. Normal genital anatomy of the pre-adolescent female.
    9. Two STD’s which are diagnostic of sexual abuse.
    10. Three common manifestations of Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
  2. Be Able To:
    1. Perform a forensic physical examination for abuse or neglect.
    2. Document appropriate information from the History and Physical.
    3. Recognize a normal hymen.
    4. Perform necessary laboratory tests in physical and sexual abuse.
    5. Recognize three abnormalities of the hymen that are consistent with sexual abuse.
    6. Recognize marks on the skin caused by 5 common instruments or modalities.
  3. Believe That:
    1. Children rarely lie about being abused.
    2. Physicians have important moral and ethical reasons for recognizing, reporting and preventing child abuse.
    3. General pediatricians should be able to perform abuse assessments.

Contact Information

Debra Esernio-Jenssen
Medical Director of the University of Florida Child Protection Team