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Open Mic Competition

The ACMT Open Mic Competition offers medical toxicology fellows-in-training, residents, and medical students the opportunity to give a lecture in a national forum where experienced speakers can offer insight on both content and delivery. This session has been shown to be a valuable ACMT professional development feature.


ACMT invites all fellows, residents, and medical students to submit an abstract of a presentation for the Open Mic Competition. Any topic relevant to medical toxicology is appropriate—historical topics, mystery cases, molecular mechanisms, educational development, etc. Above all, we are looking for engaging speakers and interesting presentations. Presenters are chosen by a panel of evaluators. Proposals are evaluated on content and originality.

A complete proposal application includes:

  • Abstract (250 words describing your topic)
  • Objective 1
  • Objective 2
  • Objective 3

EXTENDED! Submission Deadline: February 1, 2021

Submit a Proposal

How It Works

After initial review of all submissions, a select number of abstracts will be selected for presentation at the 2021 ACMT Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting on April 14-16, 2021. 

During the Open Mic session, selected presenters are required to give their presentation in an Ignite style. This format creates intense and fast presentations with sharp, concise messages. Each presentation must be 5 minutes long and have the following format:

  • 20 slides
  • 15 seconds per slide
  • Slides automatically advance after 15 seconds

This is an example of an Ignite® talk:

More information on the Ignite format can be found here

For more examples of skilled, intellectually stimulating talks, we refer speakers to the TED series of lectures.


If you have any questions, please contact the ACMT National Office via email at