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This Virtual Practicum teaches how to conduct sexual assault medical examinations that are patient-centered while preserving forensic evidence. It is designed to complement the recommendations outlined in the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations.
Originally released in 2008, the Virtual Practicum has since been updated with the most current information. Some of the enhancements made in 2021 include:
- Two newly developed training scenarios featuring an incarcerated patient and a transgender patient.
- Five new interview segments with master practitioners, providing advice and reflecting on lessons learned.
- The addition of a multidisciplinary roundtable discussion of challenging issues facing the field.
- A Learning Resource Room featuring hundreds of articles, tools, templates, videos, and web links to compliment the training of the Virtual Practicum.
This new, interactive program provides expert instruction for health-care professionals who provide care for sexual assault patients – and may be called to testify about that care. The training is designed for registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, midwives, physician assistants, emergency room physicians, students, and other healthcare professionals who may provide care for sexual assault patients or may be called to testify about that care.
Other professionals may find the Virtual Practicum beneficial, including victim advocates, counselors, Emergency Medical Services (paramedics), law enforcement personnel, officers of the court, and forensic scientists.
Training takes place in a Virtual Sexual Assault Clinical/Forensic Facility. Using an engaging, interactive format, experienced practitioners will guide the learner through most of the tasks an examiner must perform when caring for a sexual assault patient. The centerpiece of this learning is the practicum in the clinic’s Room A. Here, Karen Carroll, RN, SANE-A, takes you through the entire forensic exam with a virtual patient, from the consent process, through history-taking, general examination and documentation, pelvic exam, documentation, medical care, and follow-up care. Completing the Room A practicum qualifies you to practice your skills in a second, more challenging, case using your virtual evidence collection kit.
Other areas of the clinic help prepare you to testify in court and see how a forensic laboratory analyzes evidence. You may attend video discussions on controversial topics along with an “after-action” discussion by members of a sexual assault response team. Additionally, there are interviews with actual assault survivors and access to relevant Web-based resources.
The Virtual Practicum contains approximately 16 hours of training. It can be used individually, in small groups, or in classroom settings led by an instructor. The Virtual Practicum provides excellent preparation for hands-on courses and refresher training to help maintain knowledge and skills gained during such courses.