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Curriculum

The following is a guide to the curriculum organized by months, which provides an approximate amount of time for each of the respective experiences.  The notes which follow the outline provide further explanation.

  • Year 1

    Child Protection Team Consult Service                                         6 months

    Elective                                                                                                      1 month

    Community Rotation                                                                            1 month

    Research                                                                                                   3 months

    Vacation                                                                                                    1 month

  • Year 2

    Child Protection Team Consult Service                                          5 months

    Elective                                                                                                       1 month

    Community Rotation                                                                              1 month

    Research                                                                                                    4 months

    Vacation                                                                                                      1 month

  • Year 3

    Child Protection Team Consult Service                                           4 months

    Elective                                                                                                         1 month

    Community Rotation                                                                               1 month

    Research                                                                                                      5 months

    Vacation                                                                                                       1 month

The following activities are ongoing throughout a fellow's training:

  • Clinic, one half day per week;
  • Home call, one weeknight per week with one weekend per month;
  • Weekly CPP case review meetings;
  • Monthly hospital child advocacy meetings;
  • Monthly county child fatality review team meetings; and
  • Responding to subpoenas and court appearances

Due to the volume of clinical consults and requests for case reviews from outside agencies, fellows typically do not spend more than 1-2 consecutive weeks at a time on the consult service.  Elective and specialty clinic experiences are then scheduled during non-consult service weeks. Therefore, the schedule does not conform exactly to the classic month-long rotations.

Community rotations include experiences at the county child advocacy center (which houses CPS and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Child Abuse unit), forensic interview training, the county prosecutor’s office, juvenile and criminal courts, the local domestic violence shelter, and the county coroner’s office.

Research months include required core graduate courses which cover clinical research methods, clinical trials, and biostatistics.  This time also allows for fellows to develop and complete the scholarly activity/research requirement of the American Board of Pediatrics. Fellows with the interest and commitment may combine their core course work with additional courses to allow for the completion of a master’s degree (examples in our program include clinical research and ethics).