The Maryland Poison Center, a part of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, offers a two-year fellowship in clinical toxicology.
The fellowship provides in-depth experiences that develop the knowledge and skills required to function in a professional, administrative, and research capacity in a certified poison center, clinical toxicology service, and/or academic environment. The fellowship also prepares pharmacists for career opportunities in emergency medicine.
In addition, verbal and written communication skills of fellows are enhanced through interactions with users of the poison center; case conference presentations; in-person consultations with health practitioners; contributions to ToxTidbits and professional journals.
- Develop expertise in poison information skills, emphasizing techniques in toxicology informatics, which will enable the fellow to retrieve and evaluate information in order to provide appropriate therapeutic recommendations to users of the Maryland Poison Center service (both health professionals and general public) as well as poison center staff.
- Develop a thorough knowledge of the pathophysiology, toxicity, assessment, and treatment of common overdoses.
- Develop skills to critically evaluate the toxicology literature.
- Enhance verbal and written communication skills through interactions with users of the poison center service, in-person consultations with health practitioners and contributions to ToxAlert, ToxTidbits, and professional journals.
- Develop teaching skills by participating in didactic and experiential education of students, residents, faculty, poison center staff, and health care practitioners at health care facilities throughout the state of Maryland.
- Develop management skills to enable the fellow to manage a poison center or a clinical toxicology consulting program.
- Develop skills to design, implement and analyze toxicology research projects.
- Develop skills to disseminate research activities at scientific meetings and through publication.
Activities and Site:
The fellowship is housed within the Maryland Poison Center. Additional rotation sites include the University of Maryland Medical System (emergency medicine, pediatrics, surgery), Johns Hopkins Hospital (emergency medicine), Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), and other hospitals in Maryland. Opportunities also exist to spend time at other nearby poison centers. Extensive interaction exists with other residents and fellows at the School of Pharmacy and surrounding institutions.
Activities include consulting on and presenting cases in the poison center, teaching, management and research. The fellow also consults on cases in the ED and can choose from a variety of elective rotations outside of the poison center, including several emergency medicine rotations. Fellows independently perform one or more research projects each year that are presented at regional and national meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals.
Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, holidays and travel reimbursement. The fellow has the opportunity to attend local toxicology conferences as well as the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology.
How to Apply:
For information about how to apply to the Clinical Toxicology Fellowship at the Maryland Poison Center, please visit the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy website.
Bruce Anderson, PharmD, DABAT, FAACT
Maryland Poison Center
Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science