TraumaInformedMD.com is a new website, launched in March of 2019, with the aim of consolidating and curating resources for physicians, parents, and professionals working with children in a way that is easy to search when seeing a patient. It is also an easy way to learn the basics of ACEs and trauma informed care, evidence-based treatments, and ways of bolstering resilience at your own convenience.
I have been a pediatrician in the Oklahoma City area for 11 years. After having three biological children, my husband and I adopted a four-year-old girl from China. Through the process of adoption, I became aware of the science of ACEs and the effects of early life experiences on brain development. I was shocked that such a foundational truth was not a part of my training in medical school or pediatrics residency. It was also not a required part of pre-adoption education.
With the incentive of helping my own family, I learned as much as I could about ACEs science and interventions, but I could see that a busy physician without a personal incentive may not want to put as much time into learning about this new field. I wanted to create an easy way for practicing physicians and other professionals to learn more about ACEs and also to help overcome barriers to screening such as the fear of not knowing enough about resources to refer patients to when there is a positive screen.
www.TraumaInformedMD.com has pages with educational information as well as many links to other national and state resources for topics such as healthcare, treatments, schools, law enforcement, foster care/adoption and mental health. There is also a Facebook Page for Trauma Informed MD that shares educational opportunities and articles about ACEs when I become aware of them. Please join the community by signing up for our monthly newsletter and following the Facebook page. I look forward to working together with other resources around the nation to raise awareness and promote education about Adverse Childhood Experiences.
Laura Shamblin, MD FAAP