IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93KI890 — FORENSIC PEDIATRICS


Students will accompany 1 of 5 board-certified Child Abuse Pediatricians in assessing inpatients and patients in the Emergency Department for suspected physical abuse. They will also participate in our outpatient clinic for victims of sexual abuse. Students will attend weekly multidisciplinary case review sessions and monthly fatality review meetings. Students will also have opportunity to shadow some of our community partners, including law enforcement and Child Protective Services, and they will observe court proceedings.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Tara Harris, MD (tdubay@iu.edu)

Director: Tara Harris, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Recognize "sentinel" injuries that raise concern for physical abuse, based on patient age (PC1)
  • 2) Outline and practice the steps involved in assessment for child sexual abuse (P3)
  • 3) Explain the physician's role in the legal process in cases of child abuse (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Students will primarily be assessed via discussion with faculty. They will also be asked to give a short presentation on an aspect of child abuse of their choosing. At the completion of the elective the 5 faculty meet to reach consensus and write a final evaluation together)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 50% Clinical; 25% Library/Research; 25% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Tara Harris, MD (tdubay@iu.edu)

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Each child abuse assessment is done as a multidisciplinary team, including collaboration with social work and other subspecialists. Additional multidisciplinary reviews are done with multiple other medical providers, DCS caseworkers, law enforcement, prosecutors, etc.

Service Learning Included: None