Program Description: 

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Brief overview:

Sentinel injuries (SIs) are unexpected bruises or intra-oral injuries in non-mobile infants and are highly correlated with child maltreatment. Healthcare providers (HCPs) should identify and report SIs to child protective services (CPS) as suspected child maltreatment. However, HCPs do not always report SIs as some HCPs lack knowledge about SIs and some avoid reporting them. The purpose of this study was to identify content needed for an intervention to increase recognition and reporting of SIs by HCPs. Using a qualitative description design, 27 interdisciplinary participants were interviewed about interprofessional experiences within child maltreatment and SI investigations. A thematic analysis identified six themes that described experiences with the competencies of interprofessional education (IPE), interactions with families, and challenges of SI cases. This study’s results can be used to develop an educational intervention to increase knowledge and change SI reporting behaviors of HCPs.


Target audience: 
  • Physicians
  • Allied Health Care Professionals
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Students
Learning objectives: 
  1. Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:
  • Define and identify sentinel injuries of child abuse
  • Understand the four competencies of interprofessional education
  • Discuss the relationship of the four competencies of interprofessional education and their application to collaboration within cases of suspected child maltreatment, and specifically within cases of sentinel injuries
Faculty & credentials: 

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Commercial Support Six, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Program Director: Linda Meurer, MD


Elizabeth Cleek, PhD RN CPNP-PC, recently received her PhD in Nursing from Marquette University. Her clinical background as a pediatric nurse practitioner is in pediatric acute trauma. Currently, she is a T32 primary care post-doctoral fellow and works within the Child Advocacy and Protection Service. Her research interests are within child maltreatment and understanding methods to mitigate the immediate and life-long health threats child maltreatment poses to victimized children. Specifically, Dr. Cleek’s research seeks to better understand factors that affect health care providers’ decision making when identifying and reporting suspected child maltreatment.


Melissa DeNomie
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 955-8867

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1 hour of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Session date: 
09/14/2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT
The Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
This session will occur virtually (see information below)
WI 53226
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

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