Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program

Program Overview

The Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program of the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine utilizes the six core competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as the foundation for a curriculum which provides clinical training in the discipline of Child Abuse Pediatrics. We strive to provide a comprehensive fellowship program in Child Abuse Pediatrics that will assimilate a specially trained diagnostician, motivated researcher,  inspired instructor, expert physician witness, tireless child advocate and lifelong physician learner: Additionally, the fellow gains a background in academic research, which provides skills required for competition in the academic setting. Ample opportunity is provided for development of teaching skills, both in informal and formal education settings.

Goals and Objectives

  • To become proficient in evaluating and managing pediatric injury cases concerning for non-accidental trauma and to be familiar with the possible differential diagnoses related to these cases. (Patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism)
  • To participate in clinical experiences involving all facets of the child abuse field including neglect, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. (Patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, systems based practice)
  • To perform a research project in the field of child abuse pediatrics. (Medical knowledge, professionalism, systems based practice)
  • To attain effective communication and interactions with medical team members as well as with members of the multidisciplinary team including law enforcement, prosecuting and county attorneys, child protection workers and therapists. (Interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, systems based practice)
  • To learn to provide court testimony in criminal and family court situations both as an examining physician and expert witness in the field of child abuse pediatrics. (Medical knowledge, interpersonal and communications skills, professionalism,  systems based practice)
  • To understand the process of effective instruction, self- reflection and the analysis of clinical and system processes to allow for ongoing improvements of clinical practice. (Medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, practice based learning and improvement, professionalism, systems based practice)

University of Louisville Pediatric Fellowships

Visit the Pediatric Fellowships webpage to learn more about:

  • How to apply for a pediatric fellowship
  • Compensation & benefits for pediatric fellows
  • Facilities where our fellows see patients, perform research, and learn
  • What is it like to live in Louisville, Kentucky?

Melissa Currie, MD, Program Director
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Dr. Melissa Currie administers and maintains an educational environment conducive to learning.  She oversees and ensures the quality of didactic and clinical education of the program fellow(s). She works with all members to develop goals and priorities, and helps to motivate members to pursue these goals. She strives to always be an enthusiastic and fair Director, providing appropriate mentoring to each fellow with honest, accurate and timely feedback regarding their performance.


Vinod Rao, MD, Associate Program Director
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Jennie Green, MD, Associate Program Director
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Nancy Farmer, Program Coordinator
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Child Abuse Fellowship Program
Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
University of Louisville School of Medicine
571 South Floyd Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 629-2390
Fax: (502) 629-3096