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MedTox Shark Tank Research Forum

The MedTox Shark Tank Research Forum is an opportunity for Fellows-in-Training, Residents, and Medical Students to obtain expert input during the formative stage of a research project. The session objective is to offer valuable insight that could strengthen their proposed research project.

We invite applicants, 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.

2020 MedTox Shark Tank Presentations

HAL: Explainable Artificial Intelligence for Toxicology
Michael Chary, MD, 2nd Year Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital

Advocacy for Mothers, Advocacy for Babies: Improving Access to Prenatal Care and Medication Assisted Therapy in Pregnant Women Using Illicit Drugs or Non-Medically Using Prescription Drugs
Laurie Halmo, MD, 2nd Year Fellow, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety

Objective Detection of Marijuana Intoxication Using Digital Biomarkers
Eric Kaczor, MD, 1st Year Fellow, University of Massachusetts

Safety of Emergency Department Discharge Following Phenobarbital for Acute Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
Jacob Lebin, MD, 1st Year Fellow, University of California, San Francisco

A Prospective Study of Maternal Kratom Use, Infant Kratom Exposure and Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome
Jennifer Love, MD, 1st Year Fellow, Oregon Health & Science University

Implementation of an emergency department Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students (BASICS) referral program for college students
Jennifer Ross, MD, 1st Year Fellow, University of Virginia Medical Toxicology

How It Works

After an initial review of all submissions, a select number of abstracts will be selected for presentation during the MedTox Shark Tank at the 2020 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting in New York City, NY on March 13-15, 2020.

During the MedTox Shark Tank Session, the selected applicants 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 poster, moderated poster, lightning oral or platform at either the 2021 or 2022 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting. REMEMBER: the award is to fund the travel not the project itself.

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 2021 or 2022 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting to present research results

Questions?

Any questions should be directed to: David.Jang@pennmedicine.upenn.edu