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Conference aims to educate health care professionals
on child abuse

To update the medical field with information and trends on child abuse, MUSC, the S.C. Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SCPSAC) and the Dee Norton Lowcounty Children’s Center will be hosting the first Sara Schuh Child Abuse Conference on May 1 at MUSC.
“It is important for all health care professionals who interact with children to keep up with the latest information on child abuse,” said Anne Abel, M.D., medical director of Violence Intervention and Prevention at MUSC. “The conference will educate medical personnel and outside professionals on how to identify and effectively manage cases of child abuse.”
The conference is named in honor of Sara Schuh, M.D., who has worked for 40 years at MUSC and will be speaking at the event. “Dr. Sara Schuh has been a pioneer in the field of child abuse and neglect for the Charleston area and South Carolina,” Abel said. “Her commitment to children and families is remarkable, as well as her service to the Medical University of South Carolina.”
The conference offers a medical/nursing track and a social work/counseling track. The medical/nursing track will focus on the role primary care providers and nurse practitioners play in the identification and case management of children with suspected or confirmed abuse.
For those who seek continuing medical education (CME) or continuing education (CEU)  credit in the medical/nursing track, a registration fee of $25 is required. MUSC residents are not required to pay a CME fee but are requested to register online. The conference is free for all other attendees and offers free CEU credit for those in the social work/counseling field.
For more information or to register, visit or contact SCPSAC representative Jeri Wesner at or (706) 724-2485.

Friday, April 3, 2009

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