A message from ACMT Executive Director, Paul M. Wax, MD, FACMT
2018 was a momentous and busy year for ACMT. Momentous because we celebrated ACMT’s 25th Anniversary. Founded in 1993 ACMT has come a long way in the past 25 years. Our 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) formerly known as the ACMT Spring Conference was our biggest to date attracting 350 members and nonmembers from around the country and internationally. We presented over 170 research presentations, had some of our best keynote speakers, and celebrated ACMT’s anniversary with a wonderful reception for founding members and past and present ACMT leaders. The venue – Washington DC – a big exciting city, was a departure from prior ASM that had more of a resort focus. We will continue this new metropolitan city flavor with the upcoming ASM 2019 in San Francisco, and beyond.
Of course, ASM was not the only educational activity on our busy plate. We organized another very successful Board Review Course in Chicago in September, and repeated our Opioid Legal Course just last week in Dallas. In Chicago we also put on our inaugural Total Tox Course that targets Emergency Providers and others interested in a comprehensive course in medical toxicology, a course we plan to repeat in December 2019 in Washington DC. We have continued to offer 3 webinars each month including National Case Conference, National Journal Club, ACMT Grand Rounds and our new monthly Addiction Medicine webinar series.
2018 marks the 9th year of Toxicology Investigators Consortium (ToxIC), ACMT’s multi-center research endeavor and registry. This cooperative effort of ACMT members all over the country has now published over 30 papers and 100 abstracts. We have some ongoing funding through a series of research grants and corporate and governmental support, and engage more members on a regular basis than any other ACMT endeavor. ToxIC welcomes additional participants – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Beyond our ToxIC grants ACMT is now in our 5th year of managing the PEHSU program reflecting 20 years of continuous funding to ACMT from ATSDR, and in 2018 ACMT was awarded its third multi-year contract with the Department of Homeland Security to provide technical consultation.
ACMT has started to develop its own response to the Opioid Epidemic and how ACMT and medical toxicologists can make a difference. Our sister organization the MTF just received its first grant – for $50,000 from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation – to provide buprenorphine education, and the Board of Directors just approved a new position statement on the use of buprenorphine in the Emergency Department.
Many many thanks to all the member volunteers who have led these initiatives and have shared their content expertise, leadership, experience, and passion with all of our members. And kudos to the great ACMT staff – now 11 full time and 2 part-time – all who go to work each day for ACMT.
2018 also marks 10 years of service to ACMT from our Executive Assistant Tricia Steffey. So much of what we have accomplished over these last 10 years is due to Tricia’s dedication, perseverance, and always pleasant demeanor. Finally, 2018 marks 10 years of my service as Executive Director (after a prior 10 years of service on the Board of Directors). I look forward to ACMT’s future and continuing to have the opportunity and privilege to help assist in driving ACMT’s societal impact and success.