The MCG Pediatric Podcast

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

October 15, 2020

Dr. April Hartman, Dr. Zachary Hodges, and MS4 Rachel Vaizer join the show to discuss adverse childhood experiences and screening for them in the pediatric clinic.

What are the key questions to ask?

What are adverse childhood experiences and how do they affect a child’s long-term health?

How do you bring up the concept of adverse childhood experiences with parents?

How do you screen for ACEs and what do we do with a positive screen at a clinic visit?


All of this and more from the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Georgia.

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Special thanks to Dr. Lisa Leggio and Dr. Christopher Drescher for providing peer review for this episode.


Hodges, Z. (Host). Hartman, A. (Host). Vazier, R. (Host). Leggio, L. (Contributor). Drescher, C. (Contributor). (2020, October 15). Adverse Childhood Events. (S1:16) [Audio Podcast Episode]. MCG Pediatric Podcast. Medical College of Georgia Augusta.  

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