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President Ruha's Update & Podcast

Listen to Dr. Ruha's President's Podcast that compliments the June eNews!

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 2018 ACMT Annual Report. The report features highlights from the year including ACMT conferences, publications, collaborations, and much more. View the report here.

Congratulations to all of the medical toxicology fellows who just completed their training and are about to start new jobs. Part of our mission at ACMT is to increase awareness of the value of medical toxicologists, leading to more demand and more job opportunities. I have noticed in recent years that the job postings for medical toxicologists seem to be increasing, but I realize we still have a long way to go. I hope all of you will be using your medical toxicology expertise primarily and I really look forward to hearing from those of you who will be expanding medical toxicology services to places that don’t have them currently. We have a section on the ACMT webpage called ‘Professional Resources for Recent Grads’ which is worth checking out, as there may be items of benefit to you as you settle into your new career. There is also a Recent Graduate Section of the College through which members in the early stages of their careers can connect and collaborate.

NACCT is approaching in just a few months and ACMT has a great Presymposium planned for day 1. While you are checking out the pre-meeting agenda, please also look at the list of ACMT committee meetings. The in-person meetings that occur at NACCT and our Annual Scientific Meeting in the spring are a great opportunity to learn about committee activities and see if a particular committee is something you would like to become involved in. Specifically, I’d like to invite all members of ACMT to join the ToxIC meeting on Wednesday, September 25 at 12:30 pm.

For those who don’t know, the Toxicology Investigators Consortium, known as ToxIC, is a toxico-surveillance and research network of medical toxicology physicians, which is now in its 10th year. ToxIC investigators contribute de-identified information regarding toxicology cases that they have managed in person to the ToxIC Registry and then they can collaborate with other investigators on a variety of projects. If you practice clinical toxicology we would love to have you join the meeting and learn more about the Consortium. If you are already a site lead or participant in the ToxIC Registry it’s especially important to attend. There is a lot of information to update everyone on including the roll out of our new ToxIC Forum on the ToxicRegistry.org website.

In case you don’t spend much time on social media or got behind with your email, here are a few things that have been happening lately that you may have missed:

On May 28, ACMT and the Journal of Medical Toxicology hosted a tweet chat discussing use of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder in the emergency department. It was a lively discussion with 90 participants. You can go on Twitter and look back at the valuable input from national experts and check out the useful resources that were provided as links using the hashtag #firesidetox.

A new ACMT Toxicology Visual Pearl was released recently. These pearls are visual stimuli-based questions that are provided in collaboration with Academic Life in Emergency Medicine. Check out the new pearl 'Eating Foraged Wild Mushrooms' 

There is a new episode of the Tox-in-Ten ACMT Highlights podcast. This is an interview with Lewis Nelson, a past president of ACMT, regarding naloxone. He discusses why we use naloxone, who really needs treatment with it and the nuances of dosing. This a concise and informative listen.

 The Women in Toxicology section of ACMT hosted a webinar on June 14.  ‘Finding Your Path: Tips for Success in a Career in Academic Medicine’, is an interview with Kavita Babu, a Professor of Emergency Medicine at U Mass Medical School. Dr. Babu shared a wealth of experience including tips on defining your goals and prioritizing opportunities to further those goals. 

Best wishes for an enjoyable summer!