Brooklyn, NY: NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Wednesday launched the Clinical Forensic Medicine Fellowship, a one-year training program designed to build leaders in the field of clinical forensics for emergency medicine. The fellowship will teach clinicians to identify and care for victims of violence and trauma, prevent the destruction of potential evidence, assist in legal proceedings, and recognize and document patterns of violence and abusive behavior.
“Too often, victims of crime are re-traumatized as they receive medical care and seek justice through our criminal legal system,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “As always, NYC Health + Hospitals is paving the way to strengthen the criminal justice system and provide all New Yorkers with the highest level of care.”
Emergency Medicine physicians with dedicated training in this discipline will improve the initial care of patients who are victims of trauma and abuse. “The time has come to recognize the need for a formal education and training process for providers practicing frontline forensic medicine,” said Dr. Rajesh Verma, MD, Chief of the Emergency Department at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County.