Medical Toxicology Fellowship

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Medical Toxicology Fellowship

Kavita Babu, MD, Fellowship Director

The ultimate goal of training at the University of Massachusetts is to prepare graduates for leadership roles in academic medicine and medical toxicology.

The clinical experience offered by the UMass training program is 
unmatched. Located in Worcester, the second largest city in New 
England, UMass-Memorial Medical Center is the sole referral facility in
Central Massachusetts; poisoned patients are drawn from northern 
Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and southern Vermont. 
Consequently, fellows receive an excellent education in all aspects of 
medical toxicology, including industrial, occupational, and 
agricultural exposures, adverse drug reactions and drug interactions, 
toxicity of veterinary drugs in humans, substance abuse, as well as
toxicity from therapeutic agents.


The operations of the Medical Toxicology Service are supported by the 
hospital's excellent laboratory system, which offers standard as well 
as customized toxicologic analyses with rapid turnaround times.

Because division members serve as faculty for highly regarded
educational Programs such as the Harvard Macy Institute, fellows receive
the latest educational and training experiences. These efforts are
reflected in the outstanding relationships with other academic
departments at the University of Massachusetts Medical School such as
Addiction Medicine, Quantitative Health Sciences, and Psychiatry. In
addition, the Division of Medical Toxicology faculty are participate in
the UMass Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) as well as Clinical and
Translational Science 
Awards programs through both UMass and Harvard
Medical School.  Through these collaborative relationships toxicology
fellows to gain an unparalleled breadth of exposure to relevant academic
disciplines and innovative teaching methods.

With a track record of NIH funding in human subjects and basic science 
investigations dating to 1989, the UMass Division of Medical Toxicology
offers unequaled mentoring to fellows seeking academic excellence. 
Interested fellows will learn an interdisciplinary approach to team 
science in the development of a research plan addressing questions of 
public health importance.

Program faculty serve on NIH, CDC, and FDA grant review committees, 
federal expert advisory committees related to drug abuse, chemical 
terrorism, adverse drug event surveillance, overdose prevention, and 
infectious disease, as well expert panels convened by major research 
corporations. Fellows benefit from this extensive experience by 
learning the public health relevance of a wide variety of medical and 
toxicologic issues. In addition, UMass faculty collaborates in 
important international investigations related to environmental health.

Finally, UMass medical toxicology faculty are adept at forging 
collaborations with successful academicians whose research involves 
HIV, drug abuse ethnography and epidemiology, computer science, 
pharmaceutical development, and treatment of drug abuse. Check out recent research here

The UMass approach of integrating outstanding clinical exposure, 
teaching, public policy exposure, and research experience allows 
graduates to reach that "cutting edge" where successful academic 
careers begin. Our graduates are directors of toxicology services at 
major Ivy League teaching hospitals, and our faculty have mentored 
eight individuals to principal investigator status for NIH funded

The success of graduates speaks to not only the breadth of toxicology 
training but also the strength of academic mentoring offered by the 
Medical Toxicology training program at the University of Massachusetts 
Medical School.

For Fellowship Applicants:

We accept applications through the end of December.  Please send your CV, three letters of recommendation and a letter of intent to Kavita Babu, MD at
For further information contact:

Martha Wright, MBA, Program Manager
University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Emergency 
55 Lake Avenue North, LA-166
Worcester, MA 01655
Tel: (508) 421-1417
Fax: (508) 334-7411

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