Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship

Program Director

Carole Jenny, MD

Mission Statement

The mission of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program at the University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital is to train pediatricians to become clinical, academic, educational and administrative leaders in the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics (CAP). The CAP fellowship educates physicians to evaluate, diagnose, manage and treat child abuse, neglect and all aspects of child maltreatment, collaborate with community partners, provide expertise in courts of law, and participate in multidisciplinary teams investigating and managing child abuse cases.

Program Overview

Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington School of Medicine offers an ACGME-accredited 3-year fellowship in child abuse pediatrics. The fellowship is part of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the United States and the major pediatric referral center in our four-state region – Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WAMI). Fellows will evaluate patients when there is a concern physical abuse, sexual abuse, medical abuse, psychological abuse, physical neglect, medical neglect, or other types of neglect. All aspects of child maltreatment are part of the program. Our fellows work with other professionals in related fields including child protective services, law enforcement, forensic interviewers, and mental health treatment providers. The program is actively involved in weekly multidisciplinary team meetings, regional child abuse networks, child death review, and activities of the King County Medical Examiners office. The extensive academic faculty in both general pediatrics and pediatric sub-specialties provides comprehensive clinical educational and research opportunities. In addition, the program provides a strong didactic curriculum and weekly teaching and case conferences. In addition to education in research methods and mentoring in research, fellows have the option of obtaining a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) from University of Washington School of Public Health (SPH) and Medicine (SOM).  This degree is funded by the program. Seattle provides a vibrant, urban environment.  The surrounding area offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor sports and recreation including hiking, skiing, sailing, biking and camping.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The CAP Fellowship Program is committed to promoting an inclusive environment and to increasing the recruitment and support of trainees from groups under-represented in medicine.  Our faculty and fellows are committed to developing a more diverse and culturally competent workforce,  and reducing health disparities.  For more information visit the websites below.

Training at the University of Washington

Each year, approximately 1,500 residents and fellows conduct their 118 ACGME and 70+ non-ACGME accredited training programs across UW’s training sites throughout the 5 state Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WAMI) region.

For more information, visit the Prospective Residents and Fellows page and view the following videos and links: •