Medical evaluations of child sexual abuse are acknowledged in the child maltreatment field as a valuable part of an investigation as they improve the likelihood of timely medical care to a child victim and can provide information to support legal decisions. Furthermore, the NCA Standards for Accreditation recognize that “A medical evaluation holds an important place in the multidisciplinary assessment of child abuse. An accurate history is essential in making the medical diagnosis and determining appropriate treatment of child abuse.” Online Medical Training Academy is a rigorous set of online modules to prepare medical providers in correctly identifying and diagnosing child physical and sexual abuse. This training will provide a thorough review of nationally recognized Guidelines for Medical Care of Children Who may have been Sexually Abused(Adams et al, 2007). Topics to be covered include; behavioral and physical indicators of sexual abuse, role of the medical provider, pertinent review of literature, peer review principles and practices, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), abusive head trauma, skeletal injuries, cutaneous injuries and neglect and failure to thrive.All participants will be required to submit a signed letter of endorsement from their CAC director or MDT facilitator during registration for the training. The purpose of this request is to ensure that participants are affiliated with a CAC in their community. The letter can consist of two to three sentences explaining the participant’s affiliation with the CAC and must be submitted on letterhead. Please address letters to: Jane Braun Project Director Midwest Regional CAC 347 N Smith Ave Suite 401 St. Paul, MN 55102
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