Medical Toxicology Fellowship

Mark Neavyn, 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 grants.

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 please contact:

Martha Wright, MBA, Program Manager
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Department of Emergency Medicine
55 Lake Avenue North, LA-166
Worcester, MA 01655
Tel: (508) 421-1417
Fax: 508-421-1490

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