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At Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the three year Insuring the Children Child Abuse Fellowship Program through the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children, is designed to prepare physicians for an academic and clinical career in child abuse and forensic pediatrics. 

Through a broad range of experiences, fellows develop proficiency in the areas

of clinical care, research, teaching and administration. Clinical areas of study include physical child abuse, sexual child abuse, medical neglect and Pediatric Condition Falsified. 

Fellows develop skills in research methodology, including study design, writing proficiency and statistical analysis. Opportunities to improve clinical and didactic teaching of residents, students and other health-care professionals are provided. Administrative skills, such as multidisciplinary team building, budget preparation and fundraising are taught. 

Faculty members have a broad range of clinical and research interests.

Robert Shapiro, MD, Mayerson Center, and Kathi Makorof, MD, director of the Fellowship program, are also available as mentors to fellows. 

Faculty in other divisions are readily available through subspecialty electives and informal consultations and as research mentors.

The Insuring the Children Child Abuse Fellowship program at Children's Hospital is one of only nine child abuse training programs nationwide. These nine programs educate all of the U.S. trained child abuse physicians.


Insuring The Children Fellowship Program


Cincinnati Children's Medical Hospital Center

Dr. Robert Shapiro

The Fellowship was founded by Dr. Robert Shapiro, a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. He is a nationally recognized expert in the diagnosis of physical and sexual child abuse and has served as Medical Director of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Child Abuse Team since 1986. Dr. Shapiro was the medical director of the Cincinnati Children's Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children and is the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Ohio Committee on Child

Abuse Pediatrics.


Dr. Kathi Makoroff

The current fellowship director is Dr. Kathi Makoroff. She assumed responsibility in 2007.


Insuring the Children helps fund part of these fellowships. Approximately fifteen physicians have been trained in this program over the years.

Print or read the flyer for emergency child abuse services, contact information or learn about what happens at the Mayerson Child Advocacy Center.

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