MILWAUKEE (5/12/2011) - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has received accreditation for a three-year Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship. It is one of only 13 accredited fellowships of this kind in the nation. The fellowship will support three residents and will become effective July 1.
Child Abuse Pediatrics is a new subspecialty for Children's Hospital. Accreditation for these programs began in 2010. The need for specialists in this field in increasing, but only few fellowships are available to train them.
"Years ago, we determined the basics needed for an excellent educational program were already in place. With the tremendous support of both Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and The Medical College, we made this accreditation possible and paved the way for this to become one of the strongest programs in the country," said Angela Rabbitt, DO, child abuse specialist, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and associate director, Child Abuse Prevention Fellowship Program and assistant professor pediatrics, the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Children's Hospital's Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship makes the hospital a center of excellence in the treatment and prevention of child maltreatment, determined by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions. This fellowship also provides the opportunity to expand research efforts, educate Medical College of Wisconsin faculty, residents and medical students, and increase community advocacy and education.
"We continuously look for ways to educate staff and the community on how to prevent this type of tragedy, and now can leverage one of the nation's best programs to provide this education," said Lynn Sheets, MD, FAAP, medical director, Child Advocacy and Protection Services, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and associate professor, Medical College of Wisconsin.
About Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, founded in 1894, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is rated No. 3 in the nation by Parents magazine and named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. The hospital has been redesignated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a national honor that recognizes nursing excellence. Private, independent and not-for-profit, the hospital serves children and families from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Illinois and beyond. Children's Hospital is the flagship member of Children's Hospital and Health System. In 2009, the health system invested more than $76 million into the community to improve the health status of children. For more information, visit the website at chw.org.