Several activities and experiences comprise the Child Abuse fellowship:

  1. Out-patient clinical assessments: conducted at Center for Miracles.
  2. In-patient clinical assessments: provided at CHofSA, MCH and UH. Estimated volume: 80-100/year.
  3. Case reviews/consultations: CPS caseworkers, law enforcement, and attorneys contact the Child Abuse Pediatricians in a variety of ways: face-to-face meetings, email, and telephone. Through the Forensic Assessment Center Network program, approximately 2000 case consultations are provided to CPS each year, in addition to the above-mentioned clinical assessments. This state-funded program was initiated in 2006.
  4. Multidisciplinary case staffings: face to face reviews of major child abuse investigations are held at CPS Regional offices (twice weekly) and at the San Antonio Police headquarters (twice monthly) and are two opportunities to interact with regional law enforcement, CPS supervisors, mental health professionals, and district attorneys. Fellows also attend regional child fatality review meetings.
  5. Court testimony: physicians testify an average of 4 times per month.
  6. Research: Staff physicians and fellows have published several articles. See attachment for sample listing.
  7. Weekly radiology rounds: through the FACN funding, a pediatric radiologist reviews radiographs with all faculty and fellows each week at Center for Miracles.
  8. Scholarly activity: Fellows are placed on Scholarly Oversight subcommittees which provide a mentoring experience with UT Health Pediatric faculty from other departments.