Toxicology

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The VCU Department of Emergency Medicine is home to the Virginia Poison Center External Link. The center, first established more than 30 years ago, is certified as a regional poison control center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers and provides 24/7 toxicology services to the public and the medical community. The poison specialists respond to 30,000 calls annually. The faculty provides consultations on matters related to toxicology both within the VCU Medical Center and to providers throughout the commonwealth.

Emergency medicine and internal medicine-emergency medicine residents have the unique opportunity to expand their knowledge in medical toxicology during the required medical toxicology rotation. While on this rotation, residents complete an established curriculum; review literature regarding diagnosis and treatment of critically ill poisoned patients; review poison center cases, including calls to the poison center from the public and referring physicians; deliver grand rounds and lectures; and provide consultations to in-house services on toxicology matters under the direction of the toxicology faculty. Interested residents may participate on a year long longitudinal tract.

Visit the Virginia Poison Center’s website External Link for further information.

VCU also offers a medical toxicology fellowship.