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Identifying and Evaluating Child Abuse

Identifying and Evaluating Child Abuse
CME Certificate Fee: $25.00 per credit (hour)
2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
Estimated time to complete this activity: 2.00 hours
Lead Author(s): James Anderst, MD
The author(s)/contributor(s) state that they do not have any financial arrangements that could constitute a conflict of interest.
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Meets Special CME Requirements in: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas     Learn More >>
Course Learning Objectives:

  • Perform appropriate medical evaluations of suspected abuse cases.
  • Obtain an appropriate history in suspected child abuse cases.
  • Communicate effectively with investigative services.
  • Document abuse accurately in the medical record.
  • Apply recent clinical advances to cases of suspected child abuse.

Learning Format: Case-based, interactive online course, including mandatory assessment questions (number of questions varies by course or module). Please also read the Technical Requirements.

CME Sponsor: University of Missouri-Columbia
Credit Designation and Accreditation Statements >>
Current Approval Period: August 17, 2012 - August 16, 2015
Original Release Date: August 17, 2010
Most Recent Review by Author: August 17, 2010
Most Recent Review by CME Sponsor: August 17, 2012
Financial Support Received: None
Identifying and Evaluating Child Abuse
2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
Current Approval Period: August 17, 2012 - August 16, 2015
Financial Support Received: None

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course was initially released on The VLH on 08-17-10. The current term of approval is from 08-17-12 through 08-16-15.

Identifying and Evaluating Child Abuse
About the Author

James D. Anderst, MD is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He is a board certified Child Abuse Pediatrician, and section chief of the Section on Child Abuse and Neglect at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Anderst has published numerous research articles focusing on improving child abuse detection, and he is actively engaged in researching child abuse educational programs.

Disclosure: Dr. Anderst states that he does not have any financial arrangements that could constitute a conflict of interest.

Identifying and Evaluating Child Abuse
Ratings (426 responses)
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Average Rating: 4.58/5.00
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Average Rating: 4.66/5.00
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Average Rating: 4.18/5.00
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User Comments
by Thomas Poulton | Apr 10, 2014
Good program---i enjoyed the time spent on it.
by Jeff Gilbertson | Apr 26, 2013
Again, I know there are obvious cases of abuse in the public setting. Why is it necessary to use this debatable example (father spanks son). In my opinion, I believe spanking has its time and place. Do I believe appropriate spanking should separate parents from their children-NO! Do I believe bruising on the buttocks to be evidence of child abuse- NO! We see an ever worsening crisis with discipline in the home. To limit the discipline to only non-painful methods is, in my opinion, to lose control of the home. Should spanking be used primarily- maybe not. But to legally prevent parents from disciplining their children using methods that do not cause long term physical damage is an infringment on parents rights. Which is worse having to give 7 year olds methamphetamines and antipsychotics daily to focus them and control their behavior or putting a bruise occasionally on their buttocks for inappropriate or disrespectful behavior. Most physicians would say these strong medications are not without long term side-effects. Well administered physical discipline, in my opinion, modifies behaviour without the cost and side effects of medications given long term over many years. I would like to see (but I am sure never will) a well done study comparing appropriate spanking/ painful stumuli and medications for behaviour modification.
by Hidden | Apr 22, 2013
Good case examples and made learning enjoyable
by Hidden | Oct 24, 2012
Very good program
by Hidden | Jun 6, 2012
Choices presented in a thoughtful way. I learned from taking the test!
by Kevin Wilson | May 16, 2012
This is a great advancement in practicality and convenience of truly relevant cme. Very enjoyable online resource.
Identifying and Evaluating Child Abuse
This course meets general AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit(s)TM requirements in states that have a CME requirement.

Based on information from state licensing authorities, this program meets special CME requirements in these states:

Connecticut Risk Management
Delaware Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
In addition to one of our child abuse courses, you must also complete a patient case in the course, "Current Management of Domestic Violence - Responding to IPV," in order to meet the "recognition of domestic violence" portion of the mandated training requirement. These programs also include required information about Delaware's reporting requirements.
Massachusetts Risk Management
New York Child Abuse
These programs meet the New York state requirement for Chapter 544 of the New York State Laws of 1988 regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. (NY SED-approved Provider ID Number: 80815 - Virtual Lecture Hall )
Pennsylvania Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas Medical Ethics / Professional Responsibility (all physicians)

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Identifying and Evaluating Child Abuse
Technical Requirements

This web-based activity is offered online and requires an always-on connection to the Internet (the activity cannot be downloaded). The activity works on PC or Mac computers and most tablet computers. The activity should work with the newer versions of major Internet browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari. JavaScript should be enabled in all browsers, and Popups and first party cookies need to be accepted from You should also have the latest, free Adobe Reader installed for reading documents.

For additional information, read the Technical Assistance FAQ.

This program also requires that you have the latest free Flash Player.

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