News Release

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman, 668-7554

Child abuse fellowship program accredited

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – A post-residency fellowship training program at CHKD’s Child Abuse Program has became one of the nation’s first fellowships in child abuse pediatrics  to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Dr. Suzanne Starling, the child abuse program’s medical director, was instrumental in writing the national training guidelines for the child-abuse pediatrics fellowship and considers it an important step in improving treatment and services for abused children.

“In my career I have gone from being told by my residency program director that this is not a field, that you couldn’t practice in child abuse, to being chair of the American Board of Pediatrics subcommittee in the field and being director of one of the first accredited medical programs in the country,” Dr. Starling said. "It's very exciting to see that kind of growth for a field you believe in so strongly."

The fellowship is fully funded by the Child Abuse Program where the training takes place and offered in conjunction with Eastern Virginia Medical School, CHKD’s academic partner.

The Child Abuse Program ranks as one of the nation’s most highly regarded. Because few of its services generate patient bills, it depends on generous donations to continue operation.

“We're very grateful for the community's ongoing support of the work we do and the children we care for,” Dr. Starling said.