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The CARES Institute Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University/Cooper University Health Care

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Cooper University Health Care and Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) are proud to announce the Child Abuse Research Education & Service (CARES) Institute Fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics. This program is the first accredited three-year Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship in New Jersey, established in 2017.

The Fellowship will launch a fellow’s career in Child Abuse Pediatrics by building a foundation and experience evaluating children who may have been affected by child maltreatment. The fellow will be an integral part of both the outpatient team at the CARES Institute and the inpatient CARE multi-disciplinary team at Cooper University Health Care.

The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper is committed to excellence in education, research and high quality, safe, family centered care for pediatric patients and their families. As the only state-designated acute children’s hospital, hospital-based pediatric surgery program and Level 1 Trauma Center in southern New Jersey, the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper provides exceptional pediatric primary care and comprehensive specialty support services for every patient, every day. The Children’s Regional Hospital also supports the largest pediatric teaching program in South Jersey.

For years, Cooper has teamed with the CARES Institute to provide medical services for children who may have suffered abuse and neglect. The CARES Institute, a Center of Excellence at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine, is one of four regional diagnostic and treatment centers (RDTC) in New Jersey providing nearly 1,400 comprehensive child abuse medical evaluations annually. Each year, the CARES Institute also provides therapeutic services for over 700 children and families and over 400 comprehensive medical and mental health evaluations for children who are placed into kinship or foster care through the Comprehensive Health Evaluations for Children (CHEC) program. http://www.caresinstitute.org/

At CARES the fellow will work with seven board certified child abuse pediatricians, general pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers. In addition to clinical experience, the fellow will gain skills by participating in regional and national systems including multidisciplinary teams (MDTs), child fatality and child abuse prevention programs. The fellow will have opportunities to develop pertinent skills for administration of a child abuse program, as well as the communication skills necessary to provide expert opinions in documentation and while testifying in court.

Fellows will be provided ample time to conduct research to further the knowledge in the field. The unique collaboration between Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Cooper University Health Care, Rowan SOM and the CARES Institute allows the fellow mentorship from faculty with extensive expertise in a wide variety of academic and medical specialties. The fellow will also participate in providing training and education to medical, mental health, child protection and law enforcement professionals. The fellow will have opportunity to observe initial evaluations as well as didactic sessions with the CARES postdoctoral fellows to learn about Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Combined Parent Child-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CPC-CBT) both evidenced based treatment models developed at the Institute.

The fellowship is fully funded by the CARES Institute, Rowan-SOM and the New Jersey Department of Children & Families (DCF). The fellow will be provided funding to attend a national conference each year, as well as opportunities to attend the CARES Institute annual symposium and other lectures in which internationally-recognized experts in the field of child abuse share their skills and knowledge about best practices.

We will be accepting applications immediately for the 2017-18 academic year and will participate in the National Residency Match Program for the 2018-19 Academic year.

For more information contact:

Maria D. McColgan, MD, MSEd, FAAP
Program Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship
The CARES Institute Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program at
The Cooper Medical School of Rowan University/Cooper University Health Care
401 Haddon Avenue, Suite 364
Camden, NJ 08103
Email: mccolgan@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-566-7036
Fax: 856-566-6108