Education for Child Abuse Medical Providers

Members : Observership Program Purpose and Objectives

The CHAMP Program observership is a 15 contact hour educational experience that offers the opportunity to observe a child abuse expert managing sexual abuse cases. It also provides one-to-one time to review questions stimulated by the Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse course, discuss best practices related to the identification and management of child sexual abuse, and develop a professional relationship that can become a valuable resource.

Cases of suspected child sexual abuse are observed or presented by CHAMP Faculty or Associate Faculty with attention to:

  1. Communication skills, including:
    1. Practitioner reactions to the parents, children and cases
    2. Building rapport and preparing the child for the examination
    3. Caregiver history
    4. Child history
  2. Examination skills, including:
    1. General examination
    2. Genitalia exam techniques
    3. Colposcopy
    4. Specimen collection
  3. Interpretation of findings:
    1. Interpretation of physical findings
    2. Documentation of findings
  4. Working with other child abuse team professionals, such as:
    1. Possible sequences for the team approach
    2. Making appropriate referrals for the child and family
    3. Attending an interdisciplinary team meeting

Learning objectives:

By the end of the observership, participants will be able to:

  • Explain appropriate responses to patients and their families
  • Describe appropriate child sexual abuse examination techniques
  • Describe appropriate management of suspected child sexual abuse cases

Target audience:

Physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with pediatric experience who are currently practicing in New York State and hold a valid New York State license are eligible to become CHAMP Network Members.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and SUNY Upstate Medical University.

The University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.