We have developed a comprehensive program in medical
toxicology. The expertise of many individuals and unique
programs within the state are combined to provide broad-based,
in-depth instruction in toxicology. A mature certified regional
poison control center (PCC), expertise in toxicology from the
clinical laboratory, the cooperation of academic faculty and the
integrated residency in emergency medicine, and a growing need
for expertise in environmental and occupational health and
toxicology provide an exciting setting for this program. The
presence and activity of toxicology fellows serves as a nidus
for the coordination of many efforts relating to medical
toxicology. The program is a two-year toxicology fellowship at
the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Hartford
Hospital, which was accredited by the ACGME (Accreditation
Council for Graduate Medical Education) in 2000.
The toxicology fellow will be exposed to a wide range of opportunities for intellectual growth and clinical maturation with graduated responsibilities in all areas of medical toxicology. A combination of direct patient care and consultation and case-based management reviews are supplemented by reading, quizzes, multidisciplinary rounds and industry site visits. Fellows present literature reviews and participate in research after grounding in research principles and with continued faculty input and supervision.
At a minimum the fellow will:
- Develop a rational, educated approach to the diagnosis and management of the poisoned/exposed patient.
- Develop and refine clinical and technical skills in the treatment of the poisoned patient.
- Become knowledgeable of a wide range of toxins and their clinical presentation and course.
- Develop a firm foundation in pharmaco/toxicokinetics.
- Become familiar with laboratory technology
and proper utilization.
Become familiar with and utilize resource tools for patient management (poison control center, library, computer data bases, etc.)
- Critically review toxicology literature.
- Become an effective educator of medical personnel and the public.
- Gain experience in administrative aspects of a regional PCC and clinical toxicology service.
- Become familiar with research principles.
- Complete original research (clinical, epidemiologic, bench and animal).
- Take part in occupational, environmental and forensic investigations.
- Be prepared for the ABMS national certifying examination in medical toxicology.