Recognition and Reporting of Child Abuse (CME)

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2019


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NOTE TO COMPLETERS: When registering to complete the last step, the assessment, it is important that you complete all required fields as indicated, and that the data you enter matches your licensing record on file with the Department of State. Failing to enter required data, or entering false data, will delay the match process and stall your license renewal

Take the following steps to complete this 2019-2020 online course:

FOR LICENSE RENEWAL

For the 2 hour course – existing license - renewals only

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For state requirements, your personal information entered at the beginning of the assessment must match your license record in order to receive credit. Your course completion data will be transferred to the Department of State and your CME credits will automatically be entered in Tracker. It could take at least 3 days for the state to receive and accept your information which is contingent upon the data you entered for the assessment matches your licensing record on file with the Department of State.

      FOR INITIAL LICENSE APPLICANTS

For the 3 hour course – initial license application only

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If you are a physician who does not have a U.S. social security number, you must also complete the required SSN Waiver form and email a completed copy to CMEadmin@pamedsoc.org. Your record cannot be processed without an accompanying waiver form.

For state requirements, your personal information entered at the beginning of the assessment must match your license record in order to receive credit. Your course completion data will be transferred to the Department of State and your CME credits will automatically be entered in Tracker. It could take at least 3 days for the state to receive and accept your information which is contingent upon the data you entered for the assessment matches your licensing record on file with the Department of State.

Some physicians who are already licensed have taken a three-hour child abuse reporting and recognition course and are asking if all three hours can be counted toward the medical license renewal requirement of 100 total credit hours of CME in the two-year license cycle.

PAMED reached out to The State Board of Medicine and the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine on this issue. We have received the following clarification which applies to both MDs and DOs:

  • Physicians holding existing Pennsylvania licenses will only receive credit for two hours of training at renewal, regardless of whether a physician chose to complete a three-hour course.
  • The two hours of required training may be counted toward the 100 hours of the total CME required for biennial license renewal. However, the additional hour cannot be used towards fulfilling your other CME requirements.

Cost

This course is only available for PAMED members. 

Objectives - At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review Pennsylvania's child welfare system structure and differentiate between child protective services and general protective services.
  • Outline key changes in Pennsylvania's Child Protective Services Law that apply to physicians as mandated reporters, including the expanded legal definition of child abuse and new reporting obligations.
  • Describe the roles, rights and responsibilities of physicians and applicable office staff as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse.
  • Assess potential signs and symptoms of child abuse and other indicators that would require a report of suspected child abuse.
    Utilize prescribed reporting channels and processes to report suspected child abuse via telephone or the Internet.

Accreditation and designation information

The Pennsylvania Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ or 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ .

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the enduring material.

Activity Development Team

  • David J. Turkewitz, MD, FAAP, Activity Director, content reviewer, case development, pediatrics & emergency medicine
  • Gail A. Edelsohn, MD, MSPH, Case development, psychiatry
  • Ralph J. Riviello, MD, FACEP, Case development, emergency medicine
  • Ayesha Silman, MD, Case development, psychiatry
  • Jane A. Weida, MD, FAAFP Case development, family medicine
  • Angela O. Boateng, JD, Content development, presenter, regulatory counsel
  • Leslie B. Howell, CHCP, Content development, content design
  • Elizabeth B. Metz, JD, Content development, general counsel

The members of the Activity Development Team have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. This activity was designed to comply with state CME requirements for patient-safety CME.

Enduring material posted: Jan. 2, 2019

Enduring material expires: Dec. 31, 2020

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  1. Kevin D. Clark | Jan 05, 2019
    I clicked the reddish-orange button to "view the full list of mandated reports" and I got this site instead.
  2. Allan Segal | Nov 14, 2018

    I took and passed this CME  for child abuse  in 2016 and again today. I went to PALS to renew my licence. They took my credit card info, processed the  payment, but my application shows they did NOT get my child abuse CME info today.

    Please ensure that it is sent .  There is no way to really contact a human at PALS. 

    I am in the retired active status yet had to do this child abuse tract yet again, and also 2 cme hours for opioid abuse. It would be nice if PMS got us retirees exemptions from the standard licensure regs, but we seem to be forgotten in their haste to comply with the legislature. 

  3. Gregory C. Kane | Oct 06, 2018

    This is helpful.

    Dr. Gregory Kane

  4. PAMED Staff | Jul 16, 2018

    Dr Silbert,

    Suggest you change your browser.  If you still experience access difficulty, please email the KnowledgeCenter@pamedsoc.org directly for assistance.  Thank you.

  5. Richard R. Silbert | Jul 16, 2018

    Hi I was able to view without difficulty part 1 of the training but when I click on part 2 I get a blank screen (and this occurs even if I log out and log back in) and refreshing the screen doesn't help

    Can you suggest a solution? thanks, Rich Silbert 

  6. PAMED Staff | Jul 02, 2018
    Dr Deitrick Your request for the child abuse certificate of completion was forwarded to PAMED's Knowledge Center (KnowledgeCenter@pamedsoc.org).  Completion was verified and a certificate was emailed to you today.  Thank you.
  7. David Deitrick | Jun 29, 2018
    I can't seem to locate my certificate for the child abuse CME.  Would you please email it to me?  Thank you!
  8. PAMED Staff | Jun 20, 2018
    Dr Bowers.  Your request for a 2017 certificate of completion for the child abuse training was forwarded to PAMED's Knowledge Center (knowledgecenter@pamedsoc.org).  They did verify completion and emailed the certificate to you today. Thank you for your membership!
  9. David W. Bowers | Jun 20, 2018

    I think I completed this course in 2017 but I can't locate my certificate.  How can I verify that I completed the course?

    Thank you,

    David W Bowers

  10. Jeff Wirick | May 11, 2018
    Hi Dr. Borker, yes, this is the child abuse reporting and recognition course you can complete to fulfill Act 31. As a resident, after you review the content, you should take post-course assessment that is marked “Training License (Resident),” which is the second bullet point under No. 3 to get credit for the course. PAMED will automatically transmit your course completion data to the state.
  11. Priya Borker | May 10, 2018
    Can you confirm that this is the ACT 31 clearance?
  12. Jeff Wirick | May 04, 2018
    Hello Dr. Konstantinidis, yes your certificate should automatically get submitted electronically to the state after you complete our online course and complete the assessments. If you have any further questions, we would be happy to assist - please email PAMED at knowledgecenter@pamedsoc.org.
  13. Ioannis Konstantinidis | May 03, 2018
    Does the certificate automatically get electronically submitted from the PA Med Society to the Board of Medicine for an initial license?
  14. Jeff Wirick | Feb 06, 2018
    Dr. Liu, thanks for your comment. The content you were trying to access is a Member Only benefit. You can access our Child Abuse CME but logging in from the top of the page with your www.pamedsoc.org username and password. Please let us know if you need assistance with your username or password. 
  15. Frank Liu | Feb 02, 2018
    Where Is the training? I cannot find it

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