Annual Child Maltreatment Symposium 2017

Thursday and Friday, October 5 - 6, 2017

The Protective Services Team invites all professionals whose work involves interaction with child abuse and neglect to the 2017 annual symposium. 

This is a continuing education event designed to educate physicians and professionals from all disciplines who care for children. Presented by internationally and nationally known experts in the area of child maltreatment and sponsored by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, this symposium aims to help medical and other professionals expand their knowledge about child maltreatment.

Key Topics

Some of this year's topics will include:

  • The US Child Welfare Judicial System and the Medical Practitioner: How We Can Help Each Other. Presented by the Honorable Patricia Martin
  • Biomechanics of Fractures/Head Injury: What We Can and Can't Know/Say. Presented by Gina Bertocci, MD
  • LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare. Presented by Kristin Simonton, MD
  • Dealing with Difficult Medical Neglect Issues. Presented by Kristine Fortin, MD


At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate key clinical features of abusive head trauma and some of the more common medical conditions that mimic abusive head trauma
  • Describe health risks of the foster care system that can be managed with well-designed health care service delivery
  • Identify the feasibility, sensitivity and specificity of fast MRI in young children with mild traumatic brain injury
  • Describe the biomechanics of short distance falls and associated injury mechanisms
  • Explain the effects that an unnecessary removal from home may have on a child
  • Summarize the court system in child abuse and neglect cases and the physician’s current role in that system
  • Identify avenues of potential collaboration between the court and the medical community
  •  Summarize the history and current state of the child protection system in Cuba
  • Describe the estimated prevalence of LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system and the unique medical, social and mental health risks faced by LGBTQ foster youth
  • Outline an approach to evaluating medical neglect

Accreditation & Credit Designation Statements

Accreditation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate wiht the extent of their participation in the activity.

Note: Continuing education credits will also be available for law, social work and nursing.


Lurie Children’s Conference Center, 11th floor, 225 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago.
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Parking is available in the Huron-Superior garage, located at 225 E. Huron, or the Erie-Ontario garage, located at 321 E. Erie. Participants will receive a complimentary parking ticket upon registration. Parking garage users must present their original ticket and their complimentary ticket upon leaving the garage. If you are planning on driving to the event, please email

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