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What Journalists Need to Know About Medical Toxicology- August 12, 2009

posted on 6:15 AM, June 23, 2014
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PHOENIX, Ariz. – August 12, 2009 – The American College of Medical 
Toxicology (ACMT) announces its cutting-edge symposium, “Toxicology and the 
Media.” The program will be held in San Antonio at the Grand Hyatt on 
September 22, 2009 prior to the annual meeting of the North American Congress 
of Clinical Toxicology. 
 
ACMT is the leading group of physician toxicologists in the United States. 
Glenda Wolin, Assistant City Editor of the San Antonio Express News is the 
keynote speaker and will address the media’s coverage of the Michael Jackson 
death and the possible contribution of drug abuse. Experts from around the 
country will discuss recent media sensations from melamine to Polonium. 
 
Media Understanding of Medical Toxicology 
The goal of this conference is to explore how recent events and media coverage 
have shaped this medical specialty, influenced the layperson’s opinion of 
medicine, and altered public perceptions. 
 
At the end of the pre-symposium, participants should be able to: 
1. Critically evaluate media coverage of recent toxicology-related subjects for 
content, accuracy and truth. 
2. Review recent literature and the current body of knowledge associated 
with toxicology subjects recently covered by the media. 3. Recognize toxic mechanisms and symptoms related to toxins recently 
covered by the news media. 
4. Integrate newly learned concepts and ideas into the daily practice of 
medical toxicology. 
 
“Recent coverage of the death of Michael Jackson has highlighted the media’s 
approach to toxicology, particularly drug abuse,” according to Dr. Leslie R. Dye, a 
member of the board of directors of ACMT and chair of its education committee. 
“Often journalists go to the most available physician, rather than seeking a true 
toxicology expert. We need to find ways to connect reporters with medical 
toxicologists who can provide the most accurate perspective.” 
 
Schedule 
 
Keynote Speaker: Through the looking glass: The media’s perception 
of medicine and toxicology 
Speaker: Glenda Wolin 
Associate City Editor for the San Antonio Express News 
 
Media Down Under 
Speaker: Naren Gunja, MD, MBBS, FACEM 
Deputy Medical Director & Toxicologist, New South Wales 
Poisons Information Centre and The Children's Hospital at 
Westmead 
 
Military Toxicology in the Media 
 Speaker: Dave Barry, MD, FACMT 
 Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency, Naval 
 Medical Center Portsmouth 
 
The Toxicology of Imports: Worldwide Toxicology in the Media 
Speaker: Chuck McKay, MD, FACMT 
Director of Medical Toxicology and Associate Professor of 
Emergency Medicine, Hartford Hospital; University of 
Connecticut School of Medicine and the Connecticut Poison 
Control Center 
 
Alternative Medical Therapies in the Media 
Speaker: Asim Tarabar, MD, FACMT 
Assistant Professor, Yale University Don’t Cry Over Toxic Spills: a critical look at accepted evidence and 
media coverage 
Speaker: Patrick Daubert, MD 
Assistant Professor and Assistant Medical Director, 
Sacramento Division, California Poison Control System 
Program Director, Medical Toxicology 
Director of Clinical and Medical Toxicology Education 
Department of Emergency Medicine 
University of California, Davis 
 
The Newest Craze: The Media’s Fascination with Weight Loss 
 Speaker: Trevonne Thompson, MD 
Associate Director, Division of Medical Toxicology 
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine 
Department of Emergency Medicine 
University of Illinois at Chicago 
 
From Mercury to Polonium: Occupational/Environmental Toxicology in 
the Media 
 Speaker: Michael Holland, MD, FACMT 
Clinical Asst. Professor, Dept of Emergency Medicine 
SUNY Upstate Medical University 
Medical Toxicologist, Upstate NY Poison Center 
 
 
Media representatives are invited to attend the event. For more information on 
this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact Tricia Steffy at 623-533-
6340. 
 
 
About the American College of Medical Toxicology 
The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) is a professional, nonprofit 
association of physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology. 
Medical Toxicology is a 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. 
Medical Toxicology is officially recognized as a medical subspecialty by the 
American Board of Medical Specialties. 
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