Education & Training

The Injury Prevention Center (IPC) at Connecticut Children's provides internship opportunities for high school, undergraduate, graduate, medical and post-doctoral students. Several IPC staff are University of Connecticut School of Medicine faculty.

Graduate Course

Since 1993, IPC director Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH has instructed an academic course offered in the Graduate Program in Public Health at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine called "Injury and Violence Prevention."

The Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship

The Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship awards three young women enrolled in a college or university with an interest in injury and violence prevention with $1,000 each and provide them with the opportunity to either develop and design a project that fits with their own unique interests or work on an existing project in one of the Connecticut Injury Prevention Center (IPC) primary focus areas.

The IPC focus areas include intimate partner violence, teen driving safety, youth suicide, and elderly fall prevention. Fellowship recipients will also be given opportunities to shadow staff members in many different clinical areas throughout Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

The fellowship is open to women enrolled in a college or university degree granting program and who are US Citizens. Please note: the 2016 application period is closed. Read testimonials from our 2016 recipients here.

Student Mentorships

We mentor student interns interested in research, community outreach, and policy projects. Our interns come from high school, undergraduate, graduate, medical, post-graduate, and residency programs (pediatrics, emergency medicine, trauma/surgery).

In the 2014-15 academic year we mentored students from:

  • Glastonbury High School (2)
  • The Academy (Milford) (1)
  • Farmington High School (1)
  • University of Connecticut (2)
  • Wellesley College (1)
  • University of Hartford (1)
  • Southern Connecticut State University (1)
  • Boston College (1)
  • Central Connecticut State University (1)
  • Trinity College (1)
  • Cairo Medical School (1)
  • Fairfield University School of Nursing (1)
  • University of Connecticut, Graduate Program in Public Health (2)
  • University of Connecticut, School of Medicine (5)
  • University of Connecticut pediatric residency program (1)
  • University of Connecticut surgical residency program (1)

Safe Kids Conference

The annual, statewide Safe Kids Conference that provides community safety members and advocates an opportunity to learn state of the art injury prevention strategies and interventions.

Grand Rounds

The IPC hosts annual injury prevention Grand Rounds at Connecticut Children’s for community pediatric providers, faculty, residents, and students.

Teen Driver Safety Module for Educating Professionals in the Community (EPIC)

Physicians and other pediatric health care providers are in a unique position to interact with families in children’s lives. EPIC is a program of the Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) in collaboration with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (CT-AAP) and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). EPIC is based on the academic detailing model that pharmaceutical companies use to educate physicians about new products. IPC staff developed teen driver safety module safety information to pediatricians and family physicians, answers questions, and leaves resources to help the practice implement change and include teen driver safety counseling in their everyday practice.