PHOENIX, Ariz. – August 12, 2009 – The American College of Medical
Toxicology (ACMT) announces its cutting-edge symposium, “Toxicology and the
Media.” The program will be held in San Antonio at the Grand Hyatt on
September 22, 2009 prior to the annual meeting of the North American Congress
of Clinical Toxicology.
ACMT is the leading group of physician toxicologists in the United States.
Glenda Wolin, Assistant City Editor of the San Antonio Express News is the
keynote speaker and will address the media’s coverage of the Michael Jackson
death and the possible contribution of drug abuse. Experts from around the
country will discuss recent media sensations from melamine to Polonium.
Media Understanding of Medical Toxicology
The goal of this conference is to explore how recent events and media coverage
have shaped this medical specialty, influenced the layperson’s opinion of
medicine, and altered public perceptions.
At the end of the pre-symposium, participants should be able to:
1. Critically evaluate media coverage of recent toxicology-related subjects for
content, accuracy and truth.
2. Review recent literature and the current body of knowledge associated
with toxicology subjects recently covered by the media. 3. Recognize toxic mechanisms and symptoms related to toxins recently
covered by the news media.
4. Integrate newly learned concepts and ideas into the daily practice of
“Recent coverage of the death of Michael Jackson has highlighted the media’s
approach to toxicology, particularly drug abuse,” according to Dr. Leslie R. Dye, a
member of the board of directors of ACMT and chair of its education committee.
“Often journalists go to the most available physician, rather than seeking a true
toxicology expert. We need to find ways to connect reporters with medical
toxicologists who can provide the most accurate perspective.”
Keynote Speaker: Through the looking glass: The media’s perception
of medicine and toxicology
Speaker: Glenda Wolin
Associate City Editor for the San Antonio Express News
Media Down Under
Speaker: Naren Gunja, MD, MBBS, FACEM
Deputy Medical Director & Toxicologist, New South Wales
Poisons Information Centre and The Children's Hospital at
Military Toxicology in the Media
Speaker: Dave Barry, MD, FACMT
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency, Naval
Medical Center Portsmouth
The Toxicology of Imports: Worldwide Toxicology in the Media
Speaker: Chuck McKay, MD, FACMT
Director of Medical Toxicology and Associate Professor of
Emergency Medicine, Hartford Hospital; University of
Connecticut School of Medicine and the Connecticut Poison
Alternative Medical Therapies in the Media
Speaker: Asim Tarabar, MD, FACMT
Assistant Professor, Yale University Don’t Cry Over Toxic Spills: a critical look at accepted evidence and
Speaker: Patrick Daubert, MD
Assistant Professor and Assistant Medical Director,
Sacramento Division, California Poison Control System
Program Director, Medical Toxicology
Director of Clinical and Medical Toxicology Education
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, Davis
The Newest Craze: The Media’s Fascination with Weight Loss
Speaker: Trevonne Thompson, MD
Associate Director, Division of Medical Toxicology
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago
From Mercury to Polonium: Occupational/Environmental Toxicology in
Speaker: Michael Holland, MD, FACMT
Clinical Asst. Professor, Dept of Emergency Medicine
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Medical Toxicologist, Upstate NY Poison Center
Media representatives are invited to attend the event. For more information on
this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact Tricia Steffy at 623-533-
About the American College of Medical Toxicology
The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) is a professional, nonprofit
association of physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology.
Medical Toxicology is a medical subspecialty focusing on the diagnosis,
management and prevention of poisoning and other adverse health effects due
to medications, occupational and environmental toxins, and biological agents.
Medical Toxicology is officially recognized as a medical subspecialty by the
American Board of Medical Specialties.
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