Brief Overview: A child abuse pediatrician will describe the medical evaluation for a child suspected of having been sexually abused with emphasis on why physical and laboratory findings are often absent. Reasons why children typically delay disclosure will be presented with accompany published references. Strategies and techniques for court preparation when a case of suspected child sexual abuse with a normal€ exam is being presented for civil hearing or criminal trial will also be discussed. Resources and literature references will be provided for the attendees.
Expert Presenter: Karen Farst, MD, MPH, is a child abuse pediatrician at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She is an associate professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and director for the university’s Center for Children at Risk. She is a past president of the National Children’s Alliance Board of Directors. She earned her B.A. and M.D. from Texas Tech University and then completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at UAMS. Following a child abuse fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, she completed a Masters of Public Health from Fay Boozman College of Public Health at UAMS.
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