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Fellows-in-Training Research Symposium

The MedTox Shark Tank: Fellows-in-Training (FIT) Research Forum at the ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting 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. This year's MedTox Shark Tank will take place at the 2018 ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC, April 6-8, 2018 (Friday, April 6, 2018 from 1:30-3:30pm).

2018 Shark Tank Presentations

How it Works

In the fall, ACMT invites 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.

Abstracts include:

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

Click links to see sample abstract and FAQs.

After initial review of all submissions, eight abstracts are selected for presentation during the MedTox Shark Tank. 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 future ACMT Annual Scientific Meetings.

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 a future ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting to present research results

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