Course overview

The Repressed Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Adult Well-being, Disease, and Premature Death

This course examines the relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) to adult health risks, disease, and premature death and explores mechanisms of transfer and avenues for therapy and prevention.

Vincent Felitti, MD

 Board Review Series

AIHM 2017 Annual Conference

 Required Lessons


 Time to Complete

1 hour 15 minutes

 Non-CME Eligible*

0 Credits 

What you will learn

  • Course Summary

  • Hear the pioneering research examining Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and the lifelong impacts that those experiences can have on children who endure them. This ACE Study – probably the most important public health study you never heard of – had its origins in an obesity clinic on a quiet street in San Diego. The most successful participants, who were actually losing weight, often dropped out of the program, leading Dr. Felitti to dig deeper into the issue. Sadly, the discovery was that the majority of these individuals that were successfully losing weight had experienced some kind of childhood sexual abuse.
    By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

    • Discuss the unrecognized high prevalence of adverse childhood experiences.
    • Explain how adverse childhood experiences play out in adult medicine as health risks, disease, and premature death.
    • Identify the mechanisms by which this transfer occurs.
    • Identify what can be done therapeutically and preventively.

Course includes:

  • Video recording
  • Downloadable audio
  • Speaker handout(s)
  • 1 Quiz
  • Certificate of Completion

Included in this course

Course Faculty

Vincent Felitti, MD

About Vincent
Dr. Vincent J. Felitti has over 50 years of experience in the field of Internal Medicine with extensive knowledge in the areas of childhood trauma, the genetic disease Hemochromatosis, and obesity. Serving as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California since 1982, Dr. Felitti’s knowledge and experience is broad and significantly biopsychosocial.

Dr. Felitti achieved his Medical Degree from Johns Hopkins in 1962 after being inspired to pursue a career in the medical field by his physician family, later becoming a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Prior to this, Dr. Felitti obtained his bachelor’s from Dartmouth College in 1956 and completed graduate studies in Bacteriology at the University of Minnesota in 1958.

After completing his studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1962, Dr. Felitti served as a captain in the medical corps of the United States Army from 1963 to 1965, working as post surgeon at the US Army Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas. Dr. Felitti returned to Johns Hopkins University for a fellowship from 1965 to 1967, and from 1967 to 1968 he was a senior resident of medicine with the University of Maryland Hospital. Subsequent to that he spent the next 50 years with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente) in San Diego.

*CME/CEU Credits

The CME for this course has expired, however you will continue to have access to your purchased content. 

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity.