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Golisano Children's Hospital

Child Abuse Pediatrics (CAP) Fellowship

CAP Fellowship Program Highlights

Program Overview

Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital at SUNY Upstate Medical University, in collaboration with the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center, offers an ACGME accredited 3-year fellowship in Child Abuse Pediatrics. This unique training program provides opportunities for a broad clinical experience as well as robust opportunities for research and scholarly activities. Flexibility is offered in order to continue to practice in general pediatrics, as desired. Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital is the major pediatric referral center for a 20 county area covering one-third of New York State. There are up to 20 calls per day to the Onondaga County Child Abuse Hotline. The Child Abuse Pediatrics fellowship program is among only two programs in New York State.


The mission of SUNY Upstate Medical University is to improve the health of the communities we serve through education, biomedical research and patient care. To further this charge, the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship's mission is to educate the next generation of Child Abuse Pediatricians, who will: 1. Enhance the medical response to suspected child abuse by improving the examination, treatment, documentation, community referrals, and management of suspected child maltreatment. 2. Develop research and scholarship in the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics and integrate quality improvement in patient care. 3. Serve and educate the greater community through child advocacy.


Fellows are part of the multidisciplinary team at the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center (CAC). The CAC integrates advocacy, prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment services for cases involving all aspects of physical abuse, sexual abuse, human trafficking, medical child abuse, medical or other types of neglect, and child maltreatment. The CAC coordinates Onondaga County's Child Fatality Review Team.

Commitment to Diversity

Our Mission

 The mission of the pediatric residency and fellowship programs at SUNY Upstate Medical University is to foster professional growth and lifelong learning for all. We are committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse group of residents and fellows and to respecting the values and opinions of all physicians, colleagues, and patients. We strive to provide inclusive, accessible, comprehensive, and compassionate patient and family centered care to a diverse community, regardless of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or religion. We continue to seek feedback to improve and provide outstanding role modeling, as well as exemplary didactic and clinical instruction in an affirming learning environment, free from bias.

 Vision Statement

 Our vision is to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment in which we nurture physicians who are competent, compassionate, and dedicated to providing the highest quality care for our patients.

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