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A Virtual Clinic Program based on the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations

DISCLAIMER: Completion of this program results in a certificate of completion that may be used to purchase continuing education credit/contact hours. However, this program does not, in itself lead to certification as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, SANE-A or a SAFE. Completion should not be seen as substitute for the didactic and/or clinical portions of a sexual assault examiner course which would qualify one to take the SANE-A certification exam given through the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

We invite you to take a tour of the program's Virtual Sexual Assault Clinical Forensic Facility and evaluate it for yourself.

This Virtual Practicum provides up to 12.5 CNE or 12 CME credits.


This program teaches how to conduct sexual assault medical examinations that are patient-centered and that preserve evidence. It's designed to complement the recommendations outlined in the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations.

This new, interactive program provides expert instruction for health-care professionals who may care for sexual assault patients — and may be called to testify about that care. The training's designed for registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, midwives, physician assistants, physicians, and students in these professions.

Others may find certain sections of the program of benefit, including victim advocates, emergency medical services professionals, licensed vocational/practical nurses, counselors, EMS and law enforcement personnel, officers of the court, and forensic scientists.


Your training takes place in a Virtual Sexual Assault Clinical/Forensic Facility. Using an engaging, interactive format, experienced practitioners will guide you through most of the tasks an examiner must perform when caring for a sexual assault patient. The centerpiece of this learning is the practicum in the clinic's Room A. Here, Karen Carroll, RN, SANE-A, takes you through the entire forensic exam with a virtual patient, from the consent process, through history-taking, general examination and documentation, pelvic exam, documentation, medical care (emphasizing emergency contraception in this case), and planning for follow-up care. Completing the Room A practicum qualifies you to practice your skills in a second, more challenging, case using your virtual evidence collection kit.

Other areas of the clinic help prepare you to testify in court and see how a forensic laboratory analyzes evidence. You may attend video discussions on controversial topics along with an "after-action" discussion by members of a sexual assault response team. Additionally, there are interviews with actual assault survivors and access to relevant Web-based resources.

The program contains approximately 12 hours of training. It can be used individually, in small groups, or in classroom settings led by an instructor. The program provides excellent preparation for hands-on courses and refresher training to help maintain knowledge and skills gained during such courses. It's designed for use with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 systems. (See System Requirements at left for specifics.)

New for 2010, the program can provide a special interface for instructors and small groups that are using the program in a classroom setting. Instructors will need to update their version of the program to version 1.5 to take advantage of the interface. A special Instructor Toolkit is available seperately through IAFN.

Dartmouth Medical School's award-winning Interactive Media Laboratory created "Sexual Assault: Forensic and Clinical Management" for the Department of Justice and the Office on Violence Against Women. Now you can train with top medical, legal and laboratory instructors anytime, anywhere.

This project was supported by Cooperative Agreements 2004-IJ-CX-K041 and 2008-MU-MU-K407 awarded to the Interactive Media Lab at Dartmouth College and administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this program are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.