Education for Child Abuse Medical Providers

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Child Abuse OSCE: Identifying, Managing and Reporting a Physical Abuse Case

The SUNY Upstate Medical University Department of Pediatrics developed an OSCE (Observed Structured Clinical Examination) case of child abuse to teach and evaluate skills in communication and systems based practice. Using a video monitor, faculty in an adjoining room observed the exchange between the resident and parent, played by a standardized patient actor. Later, the resident and faculty viewed the video and discussed ways to improve communications with the parent. The standardized patient actor also provided direct feedback to the resident about the interaction. The University Hospital Child Abuse Coordinator played the role of the hotline staff member and provided feedback about that exchange. In addition, faculty evaluated written assignments.

The New York State CHAMP Program funded the pilot program and is making a packet of OSCE materials available through its website. The packet contains:

The materials are free of charge and institutions may use these OSCE materials with attribution. In order to track interest in these materials, there is a short registration form.

Please send inquiries and feedback about this OSCE to JoAnne Race, CHAMP Program Manager,

To access and download the materials, click on the following links:

CHAMP / SUNY Upstate Medical University

Child Abuse OSCE
Identifying, Managing and Reporting a Physical Abuse Case (PDF)

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Report of Suspected Child Abuse or Maltreatment (PDF)