The Medical Toxicology Training Program is accepting applications.
The Subspecialty of Medical Toxicology
Medical toxicology focuses on the diagnosis, management and prevention of poisoning due to drugs, occupational and environmental toxins and biological agents. Examples of exposures commonly evaluated by medical toxicologists include acute drug overdoses, envenomations, ingestions of food borne or plant and mushroom toxins, hazardous exposures to chemical products, and the management of drug withdrawal syndromes. Medical toxicologists practice in a variety of professional settings including the direct treatment and consultation of acutely poisoned patients in emergency departments or intensive care units, poison control center management, industry and commerce, as well as government regulatory bodies (e.g., CDC, FDA, OSHA , EPA).
Medical toxicology is officially recognized as a medical subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties. In July of 2000, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) established criteria for accreditation of medical toxicology fellowships. These criteria are rigorous and attempt to establish a baseline level of consistency in training among the various training programs. There are currently 29 ACGME approved medical toxicology programs in the United States.
Medical Toxicology at UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital
The UCSF medical toxicology fellowship received full accreditation by the ACGME in 2001, and is currently certified through the year 2014. It is a two-year program primarily based at the San Francisco Division of the California Poison Control System (CPCS) and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). The program is designed to develop competent clinical toxicology practitioners, educators, researchers and administrators for academic, clinical, or industry settings, and to prepare its graduates for successful completion of the board certification examination in Medical Toxicology. Fellows play an integral role in the education of medical students, pharmacy students, and residents in emergency medicine and other specialties rotating through the poison control center, and through clinical interactions at the bedside at SFGH.