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Child and Adolescent Burn and Trauma Surgery Externship

Burn injuries constitute a major concern in the pediatric age group with respect to morbidity and mortality. Injury events are disruptive and can have significant consequences. Injuries may threaten the life of the child or other family members and involve acute hospitalization, invasive medical procedures such as wound dressing changes and skin grafting procedures, scarring and the potential loss of functionality. Pediatric burns occur most often in young children under the age of five years, an age category in which children are particularly dependent on their parents. Burn events in preschool children often share many similarities in terms of burn etiology (i.e., scalds caused by hot fluids) and event circumstances (i.e., burn events occurring at home). Many parents of children with burn injuries experience post-traumatic stress.

Advanced clinical psychology doctoral students are encouraged to apply to work with the Trauma and Burn Surgery team’s psychology service. This team is multidisciplinary and includes physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, dietitians, Child Life specialists and psychologists. Team members work with individual families to assist with medical and behavioral management of the injury and recovery.