Interactive Case-Based Childhood Adversity and Trauma-Informed Care Electronic Modules for Pediatric Primary Care

Date of Review: January, 2021

Childhood Adversity and Trauma-Informed Care (CA-TIC), from MedEdPortal, is a two-hour training, consisting of four e-modules that are interactive, self-directed distance learning experience. To create an interactive environment for the learner, the modules provide narration, images, and both multiple-choice and short answer questions to engage the learner throughout the modules. The material is presented in a a case-based format and the training seeks to increase the learner’s understanding of the impact that childhood trauma may have on later health outcomes, and explain the key principles of trauma-informed care and pediatric resiliency building. Moreover, the training not only describes formal and informal approaches to screening and identify experiences of trauma and adversity, but also instructs the learners about applying trauma-informed care principles during interactions with patients. Participants rated the modules favorably for design and quality and reported improvement in their knowledge, attitudes, practice, and confidence related to CA-TIC. This training would be appropriate for pre-clinical medical and allied health professional students, could be integrated into pediatric clinical electives and residency training programs as well as faculty development for physicians and allied health care professionals.. –Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, NCEAS

Corresponding Author’s Email:


George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Where was the Curriculum Implemented:

Washington, D.C.

Source of the Curriculum/Resource:


Clinical Specialty:

Emergency Medicine

Family and Community Medicine


Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Outcomes that Have Been Reported for the Curriculum:

Self-reported learner attitude

Self-reported learner knowledge

Confidence and likelihood to practice trauma-informed care

Outcome and Study Design:


Level of Learner Assessment:

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


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