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Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma

After viewing, please complete the test to receive CME credit.

Learn more about the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse

Method of Participation/Media used

Participants in this activity should have basic computer and browser skills.  During the course, you will view and listen to a didactic lecture while viewing slides.  You will be asked to take a brief online post-test and score 80% or greater.  Once test is passed, submission of a final evaluation is required. 

Estimated time to Complete

This course takes approximately 1 hour to view and complete test and evaluation.

Target Audience

This activity is targeted toward physicians in all specialties and sub-specialties.

Statement of Need

Kentucky continues to be a leading state in deaths of children related to child abuse.  Specific bruising patterns are significant indicators of abuse.  Knowing these patterns recognizing crucial warning signs and understanding other traumatic injuries associated with pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT) improves the physician’s ability to protect children and prevent fatalities. Physicians who have this information will be better equipped in recognizing subtle signs and symptoms of abuse, reporting incidents of abuse and utilizing the knowledge of evidence-based pediatric forensics to protect children.

Hardware/Software Requirements

High speed internet connection
Windows 2000 or higher
256 MBs or more of RAM
Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
Adobe Acrobat 7.0 or higher


At the conclusion of this offering, the participant will be able to:
1.  Perform the proper medical evaluation and follow-up of a child with Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma.
2.  Discuss risk factors for abusive head trauma.
3. Discuss prevention of abusive head trauma.
4. Consult pediatric forensic specialist/DCBS on child abuse cases.

Principal Faculty  and Credentials

Melissa L. Currie, M.D.
Medical Director and Division Chief, Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine
Associate Professor, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Faculty Disclosure

Faculty for this course has no potential or actual conflicts of interest to disclose.

How to Obtain CME Credit

Complete the offering.
Complete the test and evaluation.

Commercial Support

This offering is not supported by a commercial entity in any way.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Norton Healthcare and the University of Louisville Department of Pediatric Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine. Norton Healthcare is accredited by the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Norton Healthcare designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure Approval This course is approved by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure to satisfy the Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma CME requirements.  (KBML Approval 0115-p01.0-nhc1)

Provider Contact Information

Norton Healthcare CME
315 E Broadway, Suite 505
Louisville, KY  40202
Phone: (502) 629-8574 Fax: (502) 629-6556

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality

Norton Healthcare values your privacy and the confidentiality of the information you choose to share with us. We are committed to protection of this information and will assure your privacy when participating in CME activities on our Website. When you enroll in any of our course offerings, personal information is collected for the purpose of processing your registration and awarding CE credit.

Date of Original Release

January 2014

Date of Most Recent Review/Update

January 2014

Course Termination Date

January 2017

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