Case-Based Workshop for Teaching Child Abuse Prevention to Resident Physicians

Date of Review: October, 2018

This resource, from MedEdPORTAL, is a three-hour, interactive, case-based lecture to teach tenets of child abuse identification and prevention to residents in family medicine, pediatrics, and med-peds. The curriculum is delivered in a single, small-group session. Detailed powerpoints addressing identification and prevention of child abuse and including built-in small group activities are provided. A knowledge assessment with answers is also included. The slides include impactful and useful images of non-accidental and accidental injuries, and they provide examples of anticipatory guidance such as the PURPLE mnemonic to help parents recognize normal crying behaviors. The slide presentation contains many notes and references, but teachers who are not already familiar with basic knowledge and skills related to child abuse might not be comfortable as instructors. The authors note that three hours was actually not a sufficient amount of time to deliver the full curriculum, so they recommended some of the didactic aspects of the curriculum be moved online to be completed in advance. —Heather Heiman, MD, NCEAS, and Paul Ravenna, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Where Was the Curriculum Implemented?

Rochester, NY

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Clinical Specialty:

Family and Community Medicine, Pediatrics, and Med-Peds

Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Self-reported learner attitude and self reported learner knowledge, Self-reported learner behavior in simulated setting, Self-reported learner behavior in a real patient setting and Measured in learner knowledge

Outcome and Study Design:


Level of Learner Assessment:

Appreciation of content/attitude assessment (self-reflection, blogging with rubric) and Knowledge Acquisition (MCQ, IRAT, GRAT)

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