Peer Review

The National Protocol for Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations encourages the use of peer review to assure high quality responses from healthcare professionals. If you are starting a peer review process in your program and looking for assistance, or have an existing program in place and would like to have some alternative methods to explore, this webinar is for you! 

The goals of this webinar are:

  • Describe the Peer Review Process
  • Identify reasons that peer review should take place
  • Identify resources in particular practice arenas that can validate the peer review process

Presenter Information:

Suzanne Rotolo, PhD, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, CFN has been a nurse since 1976. In 1981 she began working at Inova Fairfax Hospital/Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children in the Emergency Department. In 1991, she developed the first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program in Virginia. In 1993, under Sue’s direction, the SANE Program changed to the Forensic Assessment and Consultation Teams (FACT) Department, which now comprises the SANE program, the Domestic Violence program, the physical child abuse program and the body cavity search program for the adult detention center. Sue has examined over 5000 patients reporting sexual assault. She has been qualified as an expert in sexual assault over 150 times in Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands. Sue received her PhD from George Mason University in 2009 with her dissertation on the “Patterns of Genital Trauma in Sexually Assaulted Women”. She is nationally certified as a SANE-A, SANE-P and is also a Certified Forensic Nurse (CFN). She is well published in the forensic field and is a founding member of the national and local chapters of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN)

Lisa Gorham, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, CFN graduated from Northern Virginia Community College in 1996 and went on to receive her BSN from Old Dominion University. She had worked int he areas of geriatrics, mental health, addictions, research, pediatrics and sexual assault. She has performed sexual assault examinations since 2002, lectures on the subject at George Washington University, participates in case reviews with a local county child advocacy center, and has jointly published an article on the topic of peer review as it relates to sexual assault examinations. She currently resides in Maryland with her family and works for Inova Fairfax Hospital’s Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team.

The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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