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Pediatric Grand Rounds: Protecting Children in the Age of Alternative Facts

Location: Hybrid: Dell Children’s Medical Center Signe Auditorium & Zoom

Address: 4900 Mueller Blvd, Austin, Texas 78723 | View Map »

Date: Friday, April 21, 2023

Time: 7:30–8:30 a.m.

About the Event

In this installment of Pediatric Grand Rounds, Cindy W. Christian, M.D., presents “Protecting Children in the Age of Alternative Facts: Lessons From the Front Lines.” Alternative theories of causation of injuries are being proffered by medical experts, making child protection more difficult. This grand rounds will review some of these theories and provide strategies to counter “alternative facts” that can challenge the ability to protect vulnerable children.

Christian holds the Anthony A. Latini Endowed Chair in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a professor of pediatrics and serves as associate dean of admissions at the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania.

Email Pam Knight for the Zoom link.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize controversies in the diagnosis of child abuse
  2. Demonstrate that child abuse, abusive head trauma and shaken baby syndrome are real
  3. Appraise the literature regarding alternative diagnoses (facts) in child abuse
  4. Consider these issues in the larger pediatric paradigm

Target Audience:

  • Primary: Pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, family medicine physicians and pediatric residents
  • Secondary: Nursing and hospital Staff


This activity has been designed to promote some of the following desired physician attributes and competencies:

  • ACGME: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement; Interpersonal and Communications Skills. Professionalism, Systems-based Practice
  • IOM: Provide Patient-centered Care, Work in Interdisciplinary Teams, Employ Evidence-based Practice, Apply Quality Improvement, Utilize Informatics
  • IECC: Interprofessional Teamwork & Team-based Practice

Speaker Disclosure

Cindy W. Christian, M.D., speaker for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Planner Disclosure

Nalinda Charnsangavej, M.D.; Daniel Richards, M.D., FAAP; Sara Dryden, M.D.; Leah Jorgensen-Kamin, D.O.; Quynh Pham, M.D.; Uyen Truong, M.D.; and Pam Knight, planners for this educational activity, have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

The CME Advisory Committee, reviewers of this educational activity, have no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School designates this internet live course for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.