Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


PA Education


Laura Witte



PURPOSE: The purpose of the article is to review the effects of adverse childhood experiences and how they have been incorporated into medical school curriculum, and to review the data collected by medical school programs that have implemented such curriculum. DISCUSSION: Numerous studies have explored the introduction of content regarding childhood adversity to medical school curriculum, and a variety of outcomes have been tested and interpreted. Overall, participating students report positive experiences.

CONCLUSIONS: The importance of adverse childhood experiences has been well documented, and physician education is incorporating education about such experiences into the curriculum. It will be of benefit to explore following suit in physician assistant education.

KEYWORDS: Adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed care


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