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Medical Forensic Evaluation of Asylum Seekers: (3) Physical Exam and Utilizing the Istanbul Protocol
Course Description

Online courses are non-refundable regardless of whether the course has been started. 

The International Association of Forensic Nurses offers educational opportunities for professionals caring for victims of violence.  Some courses contain medical photographs of injuries, genital regions, and other potentially triggering topics and images. If you need assistance in processing trauma, help is available

Mary Jo Fink, MD

Dr. Mary Jo Fink, Family Physician, has focused on women’s health over the past 30 years in the USA to serve marginal populations, including undocumented, incarcerated and HIV sero-positive women in Brooklyn, Albany and currently in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Until 2016, she included intra-partum OB in her clinical practice. From 2008-2017, she was the associate director of the clinical skills course that included teaching the physical exam at Columbia University medical school. Currently, she teaches and works with residents in women’s health at the Family Medicine ambulatory care site in Manhattan. A focus on justice and equity preceded her medical studies through civil rights campaigns, work with anti-Vietnam war efforts and farm worker organizing with the United Farm Workers’ Union. Having completed the training with Physicians for Human Rights in 2014, she collaborates with the Asylum group, including faculty and students at Columbia University Medical Center, to evaluate and examine asylum applicants for the purpose of writing affidavits for the court.

Amanda Payne,BSN, RN, CCRN, SANE-A

Amanda Payne is a board certified Forensic Nurse Examiner currently working on the Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team at Inova in Fairfax, Virginia. She was trained in the medical-forensic examination of asylum seekers through Physicians for Human Rights at the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine. She is a member of IAFN’s Social Justice Committee and has served as a representative on Georgia State Human Trafficking Task Force. She recently authored the paper SANE Forensic Examinations for Immigrant-Victims: A Case Study, published earlier this year in the Journal of Forensic Nursing.

The authors, presenters, and planning committee for this educational activity have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Upon attending the course in its entirety (due to the criticality of the content) and completing the course evaluation, you will receive a certificate that documents the continuing nursing education contact hours for this activity.

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.

Availability: On-Demand
Access expires 365 days after start
Cost: Member: $0.00
Non-Member: $25.00
Credit Offered:
1.25 Contact Hours Credits
International Association of Forensic Nurses
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