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ACMT MedTox Shark Tank: Fellows-in-Training Research Symposium

New for 2018: The long-standing FIT Research Forum will take on a new look for 2018. Forum moderators will provide constructive comments and have $$$ to invest in each presentation. Two presenters that garner the most investment money will each receive $1,500 towards travel to the 2019 or 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting to present their research!

The ACMT MedTox Shark Tank: Fellows-in-Training (FIT) Research Forum is an opportunity for fellows to obtain expert input during the formative stage of their research projects. The session objective is to offer Fellows valuable insight that could strengthen their proposed research project.

We invite all Fellows-in-Training, first-year and second-year fellows, to submit an abstract of a research proposal to this forum. The proposal could represent a planned research project (prior to IRB submission), a proposal awaiting IRB approval, or something that is further along, perhaps into a pilot data collection phase.

The abstract should include:

  1. Title of Presentation
  2. Background
  3. Aims
  4. Methods
  5. Major Limitations/Questions

Click links to see sample abstract and FAQs. Submission Deadline: November 30, 2017

After initial review of all submissions, eight abstracts will be selected for presentation during the MedTox Shark Tank at the 2018 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC, April 6-8, 2018 (Friday, April 6, 2018 from 1:30-3:30pm).

During the MedTox Shark Tank Session, the selected Fellows will be given 10 minutes for an oral presentation that emphasizes the crafting of a study hypothesis, proposed study methodology, data collection, and analytic techniques. Brief and relevant background material is acceptable, but the presentation should focus on the project itself.

The presentations will be made to a panel of senior medical toxicology faculty in an environment geared towards constructive comments and feedback. The panel will select the top two presentations and award each $1500 towards travel to present their research results as a plenary session at either the 2019 or 2020 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting.

The MedTox Shark Tank FIT Research Forum provides many benefits to the trainee including:

  • Public speaking experience 
  • Constructive critique of research ideas and methodology 
  • Exposure to other creative research ideas
  • Networking among peers and prospective employers
  • Presentation is a justifiable addition to an academic curriculum vitae
  • Opportunity for travel funding to return to the 2019 or 2020 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting to present research results

For those interested in participating in this exciting research symposium, please submit an application using the following link to the submission form:


Submit Application


DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 30, 2017. Applicants will be notified whether they have been selected to participate in the forum via email prior to the early registration deadline.

Please give all possible consideration to coming to Washington DC, while we continue to endeavor in making this an outstanding educational and career development experience.

Please note that some institutions offer funding for fellows or residents invited to speak at conferences. If accepted to present in this forum, fellows-in-training are considered as invited speakers. This may qualify a fellow-in-training for institutional funding opportunities that might not otherwise be offered.  

Any questions should be directed to the ACMT Research Committee Chair at