Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Case-Based Workshop Introducing Medical Students to Trauma-Informed Care

Date of Review: March, 2019

This curriculum, from MedEdPORTAL, introduces trauma-informed care to pre-clerkship medical students. Utilizing case-based learning and didactic lecture materials, this 3-hour workshop facilitates small-group discussion of adverse childhood events (ACEs) and associated health outcomes. Curriculum materials include lecture slides, a facilitator guide, student case materials, a knowledge quiz, and an evaluation form. The authors emphasize the importance of training faculty facilitators to address emotional reactions from students based on their own childhood experiences. Small group discussion topics include an ACE survey tool and resilience questionnaire. Evaluation data indicate the workshop was well-received by students overall, however students requested supplementary materials on how to address childhood traumas in clinical practice.– Katy Wright, PhD NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


Department of Pediatrics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Newark, NJ

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Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Learner Satisfaction or reaction

Measured in learner knowledge

Outcome and Study Design:

Post Only

Level of Learner Assessment:

Appreciation of content/attitude assessment (self-reflection, blogging with rubric)

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