PEDI661PM.11 (Las Vegas)
Child Abuse Pediatrics

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Child Abuse Pediatrics
  • Short Name: PEDI661PM.11 Child Abuse Pediatrics
  • Course Number: PEDI661PM.11
  • Location: Las Vegas
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 4 Weeks
  • Preceptor: Sandra Cetl, M.D.

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.


  • To familiarize the medical student with various aspects of child abuse the student will learn about the evaluation of child sexual abuse, child neglect, and child physical abuse, including shaken baby syndrome.
  • The student will also learn about the interaction of the medical provider with the child protection system and the legal system.
  • To provide the fourth year medical student with a stronger foundation in recognizing and reporting child abuse, allowing the student to approach and handle potential child abuse situations with greater skill and confidence. This goal will be reached by stressing the use of literature-based knowledge and critical thinking in case scenarios as well as actual patient cases.

Description of Rotation

Depending on availability, in addition to the stated objectives and goals the course may consist of the following possible activities:

  • Observation of Child Sexual Abuse evaluations at Sunrise Hospital ED.
  • Participation during inpatient consultations to evaluate children for suspected physical abuse at Sunrise Children's Hospital.
  • Attendance at the monthly Child Fatality Review meeting at the Clark County Coroner's office.
  • Spend a shift (ride along) with a Child Protective Services worker.
  • Spend a shift (ride along) with a Police Investigator.
  • Observation of court testimony in a child abuse case.
  • Spend a day at SAINT clinic at Child Haven and observe assessment of child sexual abuse in a child advocacy center setting.
  • Attendance at lectures provided on child abuse topics.
  • Participation in Multidisciplinary Team meetings.


Student will be provided with an educational binder containing relevant articles in the field of child abuse. During the rotation, the medical student will have access to textbooks and CD courses about the evaluation of physical and sexual abuse of children.

Evaluation Method

Based on active participation, feedback from community sites, discussion of assigned reading materials, and oral quizzes. Standard pediatric elective evaluation form.


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives