Fellowships | Child Abuse
The Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri offers an ACGME accredited three year Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship training program. The training fellow is provided a comprehensive education which takes advantage of all the clinical resources available at the nationally renowned St. Louis Children’s Hospital and academic/research resources available through Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.
Our hospital-based Child Protection Program is comprised of two full time fellowship-trained Child Abuse Pediatrics, a full time nurse practitioner, a full time Child Protection social worker, and administrative support.
The Child Abuse Pediatric Department includes Faculty: Adrienne Atzemis, MD and Jamie Kondis, MD, and Fellow: Marissa Cantu, MD
Clinical Experience and Education
- Clinical responsibilities are primarily provided through in-patient team consultation and on-site Sexual Abuse Management Clinic.
- Scholarly work is facilitated through formal Washington University course work (topics such as Research Design, Biostatistics and Epidemiology), an ongoing curriculum shared with other pediatric fellowship programs, and mentorship by experienced colleagues.
- Additional educational activities include close participation with the local CAC multi-disciplinary team, local Child Fatality Review Team meetings, and frequent activities with Child Abuse Pediatricians across the state of Missouri.
- Fellows will have ample opportunity to educate lay people, professionals involved in the multi-disciplinary response to child abuse, and medical professionals in all levels of training/experience.
- Available electives include experiences with experts in pediatric radiology, pediatric gynecology, and forensic pathology.
- The expansive spectrum of resources available at Washington University in St. Louis provides fellows the opportunity to pursue any individual special interest.
Members of the Child Protection Team were invited to meet with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon for the signing of Missouri Senate Bill 256. Team members worked with Missouri Representatives and Senators to support the passage of this and other bills directed at improving the medical response to child abuse across the state.
Dr. Jamie Kondis, Graduating Fellow 2013, presented her poster "Missed Fractures in Infants Presenting to the Emergency Department With Fussiness" during the Washington University Pediatrics Research Retreat. She will also be presenting her research results at the 2013 AAP Annual Conference in Orlando Florida.
If interested in learning more about this opportunity or to learn how to apply for open fellow positions, please contact one of us.
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Adrienne Atzemis, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Program Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship
Section Chief, Child Abuse Pediatrics
Jamie Kondis, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Residency: Tulane-Ochsner Pediatric Residency Program
Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Hobbies: Zumba, baking and cooking.
Marissa completed a combined Child Abuse Pediatric Fellowship and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship in June 2020