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Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Examiner - Web-Based (Aug 28 - Nov 6, 2020) FULL
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Registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, and physician assistants are invited to learn the elements of conducting comprehensive Adult/Adolescent medical forensic examinations in cases involving sexual assault. Registration is free to providers from IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health care facilities. Providers from referral facilities that serve American Indian or Alaska Native victims of sexual assault are also eligible to attend at no cost.

 Export to Your Calendar 8/28/2020 to 11/6/2020
Where: Online - Your Computer
United States
Contact: Tribal Forensic Healthcare Project

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Target Audience: 


This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, and physician assistants involved in the treatment and care of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Statement of Need/Program Overview:


Clinicians evaluating patients who have experienced sexual assault often fail to recognize the importance of comprehensive medical treatment and evaluation of the patient, which is included in the medical forensic examination. They lack basic training in performing the medical forensic evaluation of the patient, and are unable to provide the services or the care necessary to prevent long term health sequelae in the aftermath of sexual violence. Current peer reviewed literature indicates that to provide the best outcomes for the patient in terms of their health and well-being, a provider needs specialized education and training in the care of this patient population. This online training will provide clinical information, along with the cultural and historical information necessary for completing a medical forensic evaluation on the American Indian/Alaska Native populations that Indian Health Services provide services to. 

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Recognize the magnitude of the problem of sexual assault in Native American/Alaska Native communities
  • Implement effective communication strategies when working with AI/AN peoples
  • Analyze the health consequences of sexual assault/abuse
  • Identify best practices when working with prison rape victims
  • Prepare the patient for the anogenital examination
  • Identify assessment techniques and identification of strangulation injury
  • Discuss the anogenital anatomy as it changes through the lifespan
  • Recognize the limitations in testimony regarding the presence or absence of anogenital injury
  • Describe the benefits of employing commonly used assessment tools during the anogenital examination
  • Distinguish between traumatic injury, disease process and normal examinations
  • Explain the benefits and limitations of using photography as a documentation tool in sexual assault cases.
  • Explain the benefits and limitations of using a colposcope to document anogenital findings post sexual assault
  • Differentiate appropriate time frames for evidence collection in the sexually assaulted adolescent and adult
  • Explain the anonymous evidence collection system
  • Define and describe drug and alcohol facilitated sexual assault
  • Discuss evidence collection in the unconscious patient suspected of having been sexually assaulted
  • Differentiate between evidence collection in victims of sexual assault, and evidence collection in suspect examinations
  • Demonstrate documentation of the physical assessment using the written (electronic) word and body maps and diagrams
  • Explain the health risks associated with being sexually assaulted



Kermit B. Channell II

Executive Director, Arkansas State Crime Lab Little Rock, AR

Susan Chasson MSN, JD, SANE-A

Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault- SANE Coordinator Provo, UT


SAFE Technical Assistance Coordinator, International Association of Forensic Nurses Elkridge, MD

Kathleen Flarity, DNP, PhD, CEN, CFRN. FAEN

Emergency Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Scientist,Memorial Hospital, University of Colorado Health Colorado Springs, CO

Leslie A. Hagen, JD

National Indian Country Training Coordinator, Department of Justice Columbia, SC

Tara Henry, MSN, FNP‐C, SANE‐A, SANE‐P

Forensic Nurse Consultant, Forensic Nurse Services Anchorage, AK

Major Thomas Hurley, JD

Deputy, Defense Counsel Assistance Program, US Navy Washington, DC

Megan Lechner, MSN, RN, CNS, SANE-A, SANE-P

Forensic Nurse Examiner, Memorial Health System Colorado Springs, CO

Jim Markey, MS

Detective Sergeant, Phoenix Police Department Phoenix, AZ

Linda McFarlane, LCSW

Deputy Executive Director, Just Detention International Los Angeles, CA

Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

CEO, International Association of Forensic Nurses Elkridge, MD

Physician Accreditation Statement: Joint providership Interprofessional Continuing Education logo


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and International Association of Forensic Nurses. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician Credit Designation:


The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of  40  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Education Accreditation Statement: 


The International Association of Forensic Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Nursing Continuing Education Credit Designation: 


The International Association of Forensic Nurses designates this activity for 40 Nursing CE Credits.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest: 


Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

 Name of Faculty or Presenter
Reported Financial Relationship 
 Kermit B. Channell II None
 Susan Chasson MSN, JD, SANE-A None
 Kim Day, RN, FNE, SANE-A, SANE-P None
 Kathleen Flarity, DNP, PhD, CEN, CFRN. FAEN None
 Leslie A. Hagen, JD None
 Tara Henry, MSN, FNPC, SANEA, SANEP None
 Major Thomas Hurley, JD None
 Megan Lechner, MSN, RN, CNS, SANE-A, SANE-P None
 Jim Markey, MS None
 Linda McFarlane, LCSW None
 Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P None


The following PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, RN, BSN and Jan Schultz, RN, MSN, CHCP hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

The following International Association of Forensic Nurses planners and managers, Kim Day, RN, FNE A/P, SANE-A, SANE-P,  Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P and Sarah Tucker, BA, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.



Internet Activity

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use: 


This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. 

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners.  Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.



Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Nursing CE: 


Information about obtaining your certificate is provided within the course.

CME Method of Participation and Request for Credit: 


There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period Feb 13, 2020 -Apr 30, 2020, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.

Physicians: How to Obtain your CME Certificate

PIM supports Green CME by offering your Request for Credit online. If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please follow the steps below:


1.       Go to CME University at: and register or login

2.       Once logged in, click on “Find Post-test/Evaluation by Course” at the top of the page

3.       Type the assigned code in the box, and hit enter

4.       Click on the activity title

5.       Complete the online post test and evaluation and obtain your CME certificate to download and/or print for your files.


Upon completion of the online post test and evaluation form, you will have immediate access to a certificate of attendance to print or save for your files. You can save your certificate by selecting the “Save” option on the print screen. 



For any questions relating to CME (physician) certification for this activity, please contact Postgraduate Institute for Medicine at: or (303) 799-1930.

 This course requires a Laptop or Desktop Computer, a modern web browser (Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome), Adobe Flash and access to YouTube.

Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and International Association of Forensic Nurses

This activity is funded by Indian Health Service.