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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
Author(s): James Anderst, MD
DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: All author(s), contributor(s), editor(s), and CME Office Reviewer(s) state that they do not have any financial arrangements with commercial interests that could constitute a conflict of interest.
Further Author Information | Further CME Information
Meets Special CME Requirements in: Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Texas     Learn More >>

Pennsylvania Licensees: This course is NOT approved by the PA DHS to meet the state child abuse requirement at this time.

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
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Average Rating: 4.57/5.00
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Average Rating: 4.65/5.00
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User Comments
by Hidden | Jun 3, 2015
some of the links for additional information were expired
by Thang Ngo | Mar 17, 2015
excellent for any healthcare provider
by Hidden | Feb 23, 2015
The videos did not play
by Bryan Reid | Dec 31, 2014
I was very pleased with the demonstration of mechanism of injuries to explain non-abusive fractures. VERY helpful to me. I feel like this only tapped the surface of things though. I would love to see this expanded to less obvious cases as well. Those are the most challenging. The hymenal variations were very useful to see as well. Lastly, some more focus on how to handle logistics in an outpatient office that is constantly moving using a team approach would be handy. It was touched upon, but suggestions of efficient approaches is helpful.
by Brian Pierson | Dec 31, 2014
Case studies are very nicely done, but would benefit from some clear data.
by James Minshull | Dec 29, 2014
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
This course meets 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: 80895 - Virtual Lecture Hall )
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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