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IMQ offers free online training course on child abuse and neglect



January 29, 2016
Area(s) of Interest: Continuing Medical Education (CME) Public Health 

Over 1.5 million children in California suffer at least two instances of childhood abuse and neglect, according to a report by the nonprofit Children Now. There has also been a 3 percent increase in abuse nationally, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


In an effort to prevent more childhood trauma, the California Medical Association's Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) is offering a free online course to help physicians recognize and report child abuse and neglect. This interactive course, approved for 1.25 continuing medical education (CME) credits, was produced by the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento, an international training, education, research and resource center dedicated to protecting children and building healthy families. It is designed for physicians who, because of their training or their practice, may not be familiar with indications of child abuse. Nurses, social workers and other health care professionals can also benefit from the training, particularly because they often have more extensive contact with patients or families.


IMQ has received a grant from the California Governor’s Office on Emergency Services to provide this training at no charge. The course is approved for CME credits, nursing continuing education units or a completion certificate for other health care professionals. Pre-registration is required. To register, click here.


Contact: Leslie Anne Iacopi, (415) 882-5167 or liacopi@imq.org.

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