CCFMTC Training Announcement

Palomar Heath’s CCFMTC is proud to announce the current trainings scheduled for 2023 led by CCFMTC Medical Director, Dr. Angela Vickers. Dr. Vickers has been a Pediatric Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) for 30 years and Adult SAFE for 20 years. Palomar Health’s CCFMTC is proud to be working in collaboration with SAFE teams and hospitals to bring live trainings to various locations in California throughout 2023. The goal is to create equal access to live trainings throughout the state and work in partnership with SAFE teams in rural areas.

The Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Training Program covers fundamental forensic medical examination procedures and techniques for adult and adolescent survivors of sexual assault. The course focuses on the use of the Cal OES 2-923 Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Report form and instructions. This course is designed to teach basic knowledge and skills for either inexperienced or experienced examiners. Completion of on-line prerequisites is required prior to attending the live trainings.

The Pediatric Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Training Program focuses on the fundamental medical examination procedures and techniques for performing both acute and non-acute examinations for children under 12 and young adolescents. Emphasis will be on the documentation of injuries, the collection of evidence and the interpretation of findings. The course focuses on pediatric and adolescent techniques and issues that will assist the examiner to accomplish the task in a gentle, non-traumatic manner. The training will also focus on two statutorily mandated forms in California for this age group: Cal OES 2-930 and Cal OES 2-925. Completion of on-line prerequisites is required prior to attending the live trainings.

Registration fees for Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric SAFE Training Programs are $300 (in-state) and $400 (out-of-state); however, training and lodging scholarships are available to those who qualify. Upon completion of each course, attendees can receive 40 contact hours of California Board of Nursing (BRN) credits or 40 contact hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

Please refer to the CCFMTC 2023 Training Flyer for the dates and locations of each training. We will keep you updated as we continue to add additional dates and locations. For questions and registration instructions, contact

Registered participants of the 3-Day Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Training for healthcare professionals on Feb. 6-8, 2023, will need to complete the required prerequisite training curriculum to be able to receive the full 40 contact hours.

Palomar Health is an approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #195 for 40 Contact Hours.

Refund Policy: Refunds for training registration fees will be granted if the CCFMTC is notified by email at least one week before the first day of the associated training. Please email for refund related inquiries. Training registration fees waived with scholarship and no refunds are applicable.

This publication was supported by funding awarded by the Services*Training*Officers*Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program and the Medical Training Program (MCTO) State General Fund for EM22 01 1053 through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

CCFMTC Leadership Announcement

As previously announced, as of October 1, 2022, Palomar Health has become the designated hospital-based training center for forensic medical exams in the state of California. Established by California Penal Code 13823.93, the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center (CCFMTC) was established by state law in 1995. It increases access for victims of interpersonal violence and abuse to specially trained healthcare professionals who can not only address medical and emotional needs, but also the forensic needs of the criminal justice system. We are excited to introduce Dr. Angela Vickers and Destine Teves Borrego to the Palomar Health team. Dr. Vickers will serve as the Medical Director for the CCFMTC and Destine will serve as the CCFMTC Program Manager.

Angela Vickers, MD is a board-certified Child Abuse Pediatrician, currently acting as the Supervising Physician at the Sutter BEAR Clinic in Sacramento. She has been a Pediatric Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) for 30 years and an Adult SAFE for 20 years. As the former the Education Director for CCFMTC, Dr. Vickers has provided CCFMTC trainings for SAFE and child abuse victims for 20 years. Dr. Vickers has also served as a consultant for curriculum, policy and program development using the MDT model for SAFE and child abuse in California for 25 years. She has published in the field of child abuse and neglect, performed over 3,000 evidentiary exams, and testified in over 500 trials throughout California. Dr. Vickers is committed to helping all survivors of violence access high quality and timely evidentiary exams in our diverse state of California by increasing the number of trained forensic examiners and through outreach to local teams that facilitate quality improvement and program sustainability.

Destine Teves Borrego, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P has a strong commitment to work in service of underserved communities. Previously, the HIV PEP Coordinator for Forensic Nurse Specialists, she serves as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Destine has provided numerous trainings on HIV PEP access for victims in California and has previously served as the Legislative Director for the California Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Association. Prior to becoming a nurse, Destine worked as a health educator and Program Manager of the Health Education Department at Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties, where she monitored several programs funded by the California Department Healthcare Services, Office of Family Planning. Destine obtained her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Arizona in Clinical Systems Leadership and is a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A) and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Pediatric (SANE-P). We look forward to both of their expertise and the statewide training support these experts bring to our Palomar Health team under the guidance and direction of Michelle Shores and her forensics and trauma recovery team!

For more information contact

Virginia Barragan, FACHE, DPT, MOMT
Vice President Continuum Care and Oncology Service Line