The Section of Public Health Pediatrics will train clinicians of the next generation to provide high-quality care and thoughtful clinical evaluations for children who are suspected victims of child maltreatment. They will learn how to work with families and children who may have been neglected, physically or sexually abused, or subjected to child abuse in a medical setting. We will also encourage the research endeavors of our fellowship trainees, and support clinical, quality, safety, and basic science inquiries made by our fellows. Interests in education, advocacy, maltreatment prevention and community outreach will be fostered.
Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine offers an ACGME-accredited three-year fellowship in child abuse pediatrics. Completion of the program prepares the candidate to sit for the Child Abuse Pediatrics board examination.
One fellowship position is open per academic year and the program accepts applications July through Oct. 15. To foster a deeper understanding of the many implications of childhood maltreatment and adversity to the pediatric population, a Master’s degree will be strongly encouraged in the course of training, and will be facilitated by the program.
The patient population at our clinical sites – including Texas Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Assessment Center, and the Institute of Forensic Sciences - is large and varied, and trainees will have robust exposure to all areas of clinical assessment of child maltreatment: physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and medical child abuse. Fellows will have a deep reservoir of clinical experience by the time of their graduation.
Approximately 2,500 suspected victims of abuse and neglect are evaluated annually at Texas Children's and The Children's Assessment Center in Houston. The Children's Assessment Center provides a professional, compassionate and coordinated approach to the treatment of sexually abused children and their families in the greater Houston community. Additional community and Houston medical center partners include the Institute of Forensic Sciences and the Houston District Attorney's Office, where fellows rotate to develop further understanding of the forensic aspects of this subspecialty.
Fellows will evaluate patients when there is a concern for abuse or neglect and will participate in the subset of medical assessments of sexually abused children. Fellows will also serve as expert witnesses when these victims' cases come to trial. Our fellows have exposure to the other aspects of a child abuse investigation and evaluation performed by multiple disciplines, such as forensic interviewing, therapy services, Child Protective Services investigators and directors, and law enforcement officials, as well as a role in multidisciplinary team meetings.
Texas Children's is an internationally-recognized pediatric hospital in Texas, serving approximately 98,000 patients per year in its two emergency departments and managing more than 22,000 patient admissions to its hospitals with 580 inpatient beds. The hospital's award-winning medical staff consists of more than 1,580 board-certified primary care physicians, pediatric subspecialists, pediatric surgical subspecialists and dentists. The extensive academic faculty in both general pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties provides comprehensive clinical educational and research opportunities.