Medical Toxicology Fellowship

Overview

We aim to train compassionate, thoughtful physicians who excel in the care of the poisoned patient.  Medical toxicology is an official ABMS-recognized medical subspecialty focusing on the diagnosis, management and prevention of poisoning and other adverse health effects due to medications, occupational and environmental toxins, and biological agents.  With poisoning now the leading cause of U.S. deaths from injury, the need for well-trained medical toxicologists has never been greater.

The New York University School of Medicine Fellowship in Medical Toxicology was established in 1981. Medical Toxicology is a recognized Division within the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine. In July 2000 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) established criteria for accreditation of Residencies (i.e. Fellowships) in Medical Toxicology. These criteria are rigorous and attempt to establish a baseline level of consistency in training among the extremely distinct approaches to training that had existed in the very recent past. The New York University based fellowship at the New York City Poison Control Center has received full certification through the ACGME's Emergency Medicine Residency Review Committee, one of the two pathways by which certification may be obtained (the other is through Preventive Medicine). Participation in the Medical Toxicology Board Certification examination, administered by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, requires completion of an ACGME-certified Residency in Medical Toxicology.

As one of the largest programs in the country, fellows receive training in a variety of didactic, outpatient, and inpatient clinical settings.  NYU maintains a high fidelity simulation center, and we utilize this excellent opportunity by creating a monthly toxicology simulation curriculum.  The diverse patient populations at the clinical sites at Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University Medical Center, and the VA Medical Center provide a rich training environment. Based at the New York City Poison Control Center, the close relationship with the City’s health department also provides an important perspective on population-based health.

The PCC has access to the research facilities of the New York City Department of Health Public Health Laboratory. This is located in the same building as the NYCPCC. In addition, there are other extensive and accessible laboratory capabilities within the Department of Health and at Bellevue Hospital and NYU School of Medicine.

Fellows also play an integral role in medical student and resident training and the clinical practice of emergency medicine at all Department of Emergency Medicine facilities, including Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University Medical Center, and the VA Medical Center.  Through the many teaching opportunities that the fellows have as part of their training, our fellows excel as educators. The toxicology division members are also active in multiple cross-disciplinary administrative, operational and research projects.  We welcome graduates from ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Internal Medicine residencies.  This diversity allows for a richness of discussion.