SIU & DCFS Cohost Child Abuse Conference


October 18, 2013


SIU med school and DCFS co-sponsor child abuse conference


Child abuse and neglect will be the topic of a day-long medical education conference offered Wednesday, November 6, at John A. Logan College in Carterville. It is open to physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants as well as allied health professionals.

The program is jointly sponsored by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The course director is Dr. Kathy Swafford, medical director of Children’s Medical Resource Network in Anna, who is on the pediatrics faculty at SIU. 

Guest faculty includes Dr. Adrienne Atzemis, a child abuse pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She also serves as medical director of the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Child Protection Program. She begins the conference with a morning session titled “Presentation of Child Physical Abuse” (8:45 a.m.).

The remaining morning sessions are “Medical Evaluation of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect” by Atzemis (10:30 a.m.) and “Social Workers’ Role in Promoting Communication Among Child Abuse/Neglect Professionals” begins at 11:15 a.m., presented by Larissa Zuta, the St. Louis Children’s Hospital protection program lead social worker.

The afternoon session begins at 1 p.m. with “Presentation of Child Sexual Abuse/Assault.” It is followed by “Diplomacy and Sensitivity in Working with Families Affected by Abuse and Neglect” (3:30 p.m.).

The course meets the requirements for 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. The registration is $60 for medical professionals and $40 for social workers. For more information or to register in advance, call the Continuing Medical Education Office at SIU School of Medicine, 217-545-7711.  Or register online at


Note to media:  Interviews are best scheduled during lunch at noon and the breaks at 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. For a local contact that day, call Elaina Spalt, CMRN, at 618-925-1982.


Media Contacts

Karen Carlson,
SIU, 217-545-3854



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