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88. The Autopsy and Medicolegal Investigation of Child Abuse

2/13/2018, 9:00 AM Registration / 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Presentation


The CARES Institute

Proudly Presents

Experts in Child Abuse and Neglect Lecture Series

Sam P. Gulino, MD

The Autopsy and Medicolegal Investigation of Child Abuse

Open to all disciplines of all levels. Space is limited. No cost to attend.

This presentation has been made possible by continued support from
Wakefern Foundation.

Sam P. Gulino, MD has more than 20 years of experience as a forensic pathologist, and has been the Chief Medical Examiner of the City and County of Philadelphia since 2008.

He is a native of Chicago and a graduate of Northwestern University, where he received both his undergraduate and medical degrees. After training in anatomic pathology at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester MN), he completed a fellowship in forensic pathology at the Dade County Medical Examiner's Office in Miami, under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Davis. Prior to being recruited to Philadelphia to be its Chief Medical Examiner, he was the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida.

Dr. Gulino has a career‐long interest in the evaluation of suspected fatal child abuse. His other professional interests are epidemiology especially the epidemiology of child abuse and neglect and cardiovascular pathology. He is on the faculty of the Drexel University College of Medicine and the Drexel University School of Public Health.

Program Description:

This lecture will discuss the general approach of the Medical Examiner in performing death investigations and will specifically consider the role of the autopsy within that broader context. The pathology of abusive head trauma, chest and abdominal injuries, asphyxias, and soft tissue trauma will be discussed, with case examples of each.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be:

  1. Explain the approach to death investigation, including how it is similar to and different from clinical medicine and criminal investigation
  2. Describe the role of the autopsy in death investigation, and its limitations
  3. Summarize the types of injuries commonly seen in fatal physical abuse
  4. Recall other conditions, including artifacts, that can be confused for child abuse

Requesting Assistance: If you require assistance with hearing, vision or mobility to make this conference accessible to you, please contact the office at (856) 566-6744 three (3) weeks prior to the conference.

Accredidation: Please contact the CARES Institute at 856-566-6744 or for information about continuing education credits for nurses.

Certificates will be distributed at the conclusion of the presentation.

Social Workers: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #125 Course #1723 from 02/02/2018 to 02/02/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 2.5.

Attorneys: This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education for 3 general credits.

Physicians: Accreditation Statement- This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Society of New Jersey through the joint providership of Atlantic Health System and the New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. Atlantic Health System is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement: Atlantic Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ on February 13, 2018. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: Cooper University Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commision on Accreditation. This activity provides 2.5 contact hours.

9:30am Demystifying the autopsy
10:00am Discuss Interagency collaboration
10:40am Timing of injuries
11:15am Patterned injuries
12:00pm End of presentation


The Conference Center at Mercer
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550

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Status: Seats Available

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