Core Medical Training
According to CACs’ national standards: “Medical evaluations are conducted by health care providers with specific training in child sexual abuse that meets one of the following training standards.”
The most consistently available training opportunities for medical providers are through the Midwest Regional CAC’s Online Medical Training Academy or the National CAC’s Medical Training Academy/Legal Training Academy: Concurrent Course. In-person and in-state training is infrequent, but you can always check the WVCAN calendar for opportunities.
The annual WVCAN Conference, usually held in April, has always offered CME and CNE credits specific to the medical evaluation and treatment of child abuse. Other opportunities include, but aren’t limited to:
- Midwest Regional CAC EduNet 2.0 is a series of expert webinars on a variety of multidisciplinary topics. All webinars are offered FREE of charge and will be archived for later viewing. Topics are chosen for this series based on the NCA Accreditation Standards and will be of interest to the entire multidisciplinary team. Continuing Education: Approved by Minnesota Continuing Medical Education Board for 2 hours of CME, Board of Social Work for 2 hours of CEU, and 2 Post Credits by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers. Select courses also offer 2 CLEs by the Minnesota Board of Legal Education.
- NY-CHAMP: In addition to a large website with educational resources, NY-CHAMP’s webcasts are intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals who may respond to suspected child abuse. Pre-registration for each webcast is required for AMA Category 1 Credit Award.
Participation in myCasereview, the Midwest Regional CAC’s anonymous online expert review program, will meet NCA’s expert review standard and provide child abuse medical examiners a benchmark against which they can measure their level of diagnostic agreement with expert diagnosticians.
Participation in myCasereview is not to be utilized for “second opinions” or initial diagnoses. Rather, it is to be used for medical expert review of examination findings in sexual abuse cases, to further facilitate accurate diagnoses by medical providers examining children who have been sexually abused. Although CACs, providers, and clinics may pay for their own annual subscription, WVCAN has a limited number of scholarships available. Click here to download the scholarship application.
The Midwest Regional CAC also offers a clinical preceptorship program. The Child Abuse Medical Preceptorship program builds upon the foundational medical education programs by connecting providers with highly qualified centers of practice in their region to receive hands-on technical skills and education. Click here to learn more.
In-State Networking Opportunities
The CAC movement is built on collaboration, so we believe it is critical for child abuse medical providers to be familiar with and have opportunities to network with their peers throughout the state. WV-CHAMP offers a quarterly online medical educational case review. This activity is an informal online meeting of child abuse healthcare professionals who regularly treat West Virginia children in collaboration with their local CAC and multidisciplinary team. Presenters guide conversations on a given topic in the medical evaluation and treatment of child abuse through case presentations. Check back here or the WVCAN events calendar for upcoming opportunities to participate.