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Interested in Becoming a Medical Toxicologist?

What is Medical Toxicology?

Medical Toxicology is a field of medicine dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of poisoned and envenomated patients. This also includes adverse health effects of medications, occupational and environmental toxins, and biological agents. Medical Toxicology is an officially recognized subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

What do Medical Toxicologists do? 

Training in Medical toxicology prepares you to work in a variety of settings. Some of the common duties performed include:

  • Academic settings, involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows
  • Bedside consultation and admitting services in emergency, inpatient and critical care settings
  • Outpatient and occupational clinics
  • Medical-legal evaluations
  • Regional poison center direction
  • Collaboration with government and public health entities
  • Industrial and commercial development and safety
Learn more about the professional services a medical toxicologist provides here.  

How to become a Medical Toxicologist

All medical toxicologists have completed a fellowship in medical toxicology. Fellowships are approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and consist of two years of training. Before applying for fellowship, one must first complete medical school and residency training in any number of fields. The majority of medical toxicologists are trained in emergency medicine, however many have backgrounds in pediatrics, preventive medicine or internal medicine. After completing fellowship there is a Medical Toxicology Board exam required for certification.

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