Division Misson

Advancing the care of patients suffering illness related to toxin, drug, or environmental exposures through bedside care, education, research, and public health endeavors.

Educational Mission

Our educational mission is to provide diversified training in medical toxicology.  Our fellows directly experience acute poisonings, adverse drug events, substance use, withdrawal, hazardous materials, terrorism preparedness, venomous bites and stings, and environmental and workplace exposures.  They graduate experts in the prevention, evaluation, treatment and monitoring of illnesses from exposures to drugs and chemicals, as well as biological and radiological agents.  They graduate prepared to work in clinical, academic, and governmental environments.

Our educational mission focuses on 2 major aims:

1.  We aim to train future leaders in medical toxicology as educators, researchers, clinicians, and administrators, locally and at peer institutions around the country.  

Our breadth of training provides our graduates with opportunities to pursue clinical and academic positions, pursue research, and obtain administrative positions at community, academic or governmental organizations including poison centers.  We have a busy inpatient and outpatient clinical service and provide ample research opportunities.

2.  We aim to provide a diverse experience for our fellows in order that they may pursue careers in many possible future work environments.  

The fellowship program strives to broaden the scope of fellows' experiences.  As an example, our medical toxicology faculty have spearheaded efforts to initiate an "Addiction Team" within UPMC to serve a patient population that is greatly affected by the opioid epidemic.  Collaborating with colleagues from internal medicine, psychiatry, and addiction medicine, we created a team dedicated to treating this patient population.  Moreover, in the past year, we have added more addiction medicine training to our curriculum to prepare our fellows to provide these services.  This ensures that we continue to provide the richest and most diverse training to our fellows.

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