Key Components of Speculum & Anoscope Exam

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 Anogenital Anatomy Identification & Injury Documentation Review
with Key Components 
of Speculum & Anoscope Exam with Hands-On Practice

Date & Time:  Thursday, September 25 @ 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location:  HCMC Simulation Lab –    directions and parking instructions
Park in the HCMC ramp and enter the SIM lab from the parking ramp elevators go to the lower level and follow the signs

Cost: $25 Space is limited,   to reserve your place,  please pay when you RSVP (upper right PayPal “Buy Now” Button or on the RSVP page)      


Additional Info:      2.5 CEUs will be provided    Light refreshments will be served


Barbara Kern-Pieh, RN, MSN, CNM, SANE-A, SANE-P
Barb is currently the Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS) at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis. As a Nurse-Midwife, Barb has delivered babies, provided prenatal care and mostly provided reproductive care for women and teens at clinics in the metropolitan area.  During her clinic hours, Barb also trained SANE examiners in the fine art and science of pelvic exam and genital evaluation. Ten years ago Barb became a SANE-A and is an examiner for patients who presented for care following sexual assault.  In 2010 Barb became certified SANE-P, and has developed the SANE-P team within SARS.  Barb will instruct attendees of this course on the genital evaluation and use of speculums to promote confidence in the examiner, and comfort for the patient.
Kristi Jarvis, BS, RN, SANE-A, EMT-B
Kristi is a SANE-A at both the Regions Hospital SANE program in St. Paul and the HCMC SARS program in Minneapolis.  She also works as a Research Nurse at the Minneapolis VA Hospital. She has been with Regions since 2011 and HCMC since 2013.  She received her Associate of Science degree in Nursing prior to focusing on her career in Forensic Nursing, after which she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice followed by a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing.  Kristi started her career in the field of medicine as an Emergency Medical Technician where she worked on a rural ambulance service in northern Minnesota for almost ten years.  She serves as a member on the Ramsey County multidisciplinary sexual assault protocol team as well as the statewide human trafficking task force.  Kristi is the current President of the Minnesota Chapter of the IAFN. She has presented at the local and national level, and is very passionate about this field.

Course Objectives:

  1. Become familiar with speculum and anoscope options and demonstrate ability to choose appropriate instrument needed specific to patient & exam
  2. Demonstrate proper insertion technique appropriate for the patient and exam needs
  3. Describe various patient positions used for conducting exams
  4. Explain method(s) for collecting evidence (and number of swabs per site) while conducting speculum and anoscope exams
  5. Adequately identify anogenital anatomy
  6. Demonstrate accurate documentation of anogenital injury using appropriate forensic terminology



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Jenifer Markowitz just added a new resource list of articles and books that can help when preparing to testify.

Prepping for Court

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July 24th Education on Elder Abuse is Cancelled!

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The MN IAFN Chapter cancelled the July 24th Education.

Please check back soon for our future education opportunities!

July 24, 2014 Education on Elder Abuse


Expand your forensic skills with our July Education on Elder Abuse.
Colleen Schmitt will discuss the different forms of elder abuse, ways to identify
victims and services available for elders. Karine Zakroczymski will share the
Allina Program Elder Abuse documentation form and discuss tips for
documentation from the Forensic Nurses point of view. We will time for
discussion on how we can better serve our elderly abuse victims.

July 24, 2014                       
6:30-8:30 pm
Cornerstone Office
1000 East 80th Street
Bloomington, MN 55420

Colleen Schmitt, Director of Day One  Cornerstone
Karine Zakroczymski,  Allina SANE Program Manager

2 CEUs   $10 for SANEs, no charge for advocates
Appetizers and desserts will be provided

Sexual Violence in Later Life

May 29, 2014 Education Event


Serving Patients with Cognitive and Intellectual Disabilities

Paris Gatlin
Senior Advocate
Program and Service Supervisor
ARC Greater Twin Cities

Paris will talk about the increased risks of sexual assault in people with
intellectual and cognitive disabilities, the special needs of this
population and how we can better serve them.

Michelle Uetz, M.Ed., BS
Special Education Teacher
Prescott High School

Michelle will discuss tips to talk to youth and their parents about
healthy sexual behaviors and resources.


There is a Jimmy John’s next door to ARC if you would like to
pick up a sandwich to eat before the meeting.

8th Annual Family & Sexual Violence Conference


8th Annual Family & Sexual Violence Conference
April 30 – May 2, 2014
Springfield, Missouri

Conference Brochure

Topics to be presented include:

  •  Cross Examination Survival Strategies for Prosecutors & Witnesses
  •  The Nurse Medical Expert: Navigating the Experience of a Professional Witness
  • Sexual Assault Suspect Evidence Collection: The Body of Evidence
  • Plus many more

Early registration rate is $100 and includes lunch on Wednesday and Thursday as well as dinner on Wednesday. Early Registration ends April 15, 2014. Registration rate after April 15th is $125.

Register Here

Strangulation – Training Institute

Strangulation – Critical Issues You Can’t Afford To Miss

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CDT)   Coon Rapids, MN

More information for registration

Strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. Strangulation – Critical Issues You Can’t Afford To Miss will feature expert trainers from The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention (, a program of the National Family Justice Center Alliance.

Expert trainers include:

Michael Weaver, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., Medical Director of the Forensic Care Program of St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri

Gael Strack, J.D., Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the Family Justice Center Alliance and former Head Deputy City Attorney responsible for the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit of the San Diego City Attorney’s Office

Sergeant Daniel Rincon, 22-year veteran of the Scottsdale Police Department in Scottsdale, Arizona Continue Reading »

The SANE approach to Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

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The SANE approach to Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking:
A New Medical Forensic Exam Model
March 20, 2014
6:30-8:30 PM
Regions Hospital Lindell Room
2 CEU’s, $10

Please  RSVP

Pam DeWitt-Meza, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Sexual Assault Resource Service/Labor and Delivery
Hennepin County Medical Center

Move beyond what we know about sexual exploitation and trafficking
and apply this knowledge to a new best practice medical forensic exam.
Learn techniques for positive patient interactions that include how to
identify potential victims and how to discuss the sensitive subject of
exploitation in order to provide comprehensive care.
Examine how our SANE exam can fit as a first stop for identified
victims within the No Wrong Door Model.

March 20, 2014  Flyer for printing

Regions Hospital, Lindell Room , located in the Emergency Medicine Offices
on the second Floor, between the Cafeteria and the Overlook Café.
Follow signs posted.
Parking validation at Guest Services for a discounted parking fee.
Park in the underground lot by the Main/Emergency Room enterance

7th Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO

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7th Annual Forensic Investigations Conference
May 14-16, 2014
pre-conference May 12 & 13, post-conference May 17
Kansas City MO

Conference Brochure

Join fellow law enforcement personnel, physicians, prosecutors, nurses,
victim advocates, crisis workers, criminalists, crime scene investigators,
forensic examiners, EMS personnel, and judges for this cutting-edge
clinical forensic conference. We will focus on a broad array of emerging
forensic issues, including sexual assault, interpersonal violence, ballistics,
strangulation, and child and elder abuse in both urban and rural

This year’s conference is designed to provide an interactive joint educational
opportunity and promising practices when working with victims of violence.
Topics will include working with multidisciplinary teams and learning
to consider all of the forensic implications on the street, in health care
settings, and in the courtroom. Violence is a health care crisis, so we will
focus on approaching clinical forensic issues in a collaborative, coordinated,
compassionate, competent, caring, victim-centered process.

Check out the great speakers!



February 27-28th
Ramada Inn MOA
Bloomington, MN

$179 for 12.3 CEUs

Conference information