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Recognition and Reporting of Child Abuse

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 2017-2018 online course:

FOR LICENSE RENEWAL

For the 2 hour course – existing license - renewals only

  1. Click Here to View Part 1 – Overview of Child Abuse Reporting
     
  2. Click Here to View Part 2 – Signs, Symptoms, and Case Studies
     
  3. Click Here to Take the online assessment and evaluation. A score of 70% or higher is required for successful completion.
     
  4. Print out your CME certificate at the end of the assessment.

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

  1. Click Here to View Part 1 – Overview of Child Abuse Reporting
     
  2. Click Here to View Part 2 – Signs, Symptoms, and Case Studies
     
  3. Click Here to Read Part 3 – Quick Consult (PDF)
     
  4. Click Here to Take the online assessment and evaluation. A score of 70% or higher is required for successful completion (If you don’t have a US Social Security Number, see below.).
     
  5. Print out your CME certificate at the end of the assessment.

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: Nov. 25, 2015

Enduring material expires: Dec. 31, 2018

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cutipdoc

Excellent program for all docs

Friday, January 15, 2016 4:00:05 PM

imaidansky

excellent coarse

Saturday, January 16, 2016 3:38:27 PM

Falanga

Good course

Saturday, January 16, 2016 8:07:35 PM

apopat

excellent cme course....

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:13:56 AM

jtravers

Well done. No forced delay like other sites that meet the requirement

Saturday, July 23, 2016 1:06:23 PM

nhsmd1

Good case studies.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 9:11:08 PM

samweng

Friday, October 14, 2016 7:49:57 AM

ashrestha

great course

Monday, March 27, 2017 6:24:28 PM

aworra

this was well done

Sunday, October 15, 2017 12:30:09 PM

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