Emergency Medcine * Elective Course Description

Course Name: Introduction to Medical Toxicology  
Course Number: ME-4448 
Elective Type: B2

Kavita.Babu, M.D. Kavita.Babu@umassmemorial.org   or 

Jeff Abbott (jeffrey.abbott@umassmed.edu)
or 508-421-5522

Department: Emergency Medicine
Sites Available: UMMHC-University Campus
Months Offered: August - October *  Contact coordinator to inquire about availability of other months.
Number of Students / Month:

Completion of 3rd year Clerkships

Elective Description: Students will work alongside the toxicology resident/fellow on call. When there is a consultation from the Emergency Department, the resident/fellow will notify the student, who will have the responsibility of writing the consult. Student will then discuss the case with the fellow, and make treatment recommendations. Students will learn:

  1. To identify and treat the major toxidromes
  2. The assessment and management of metabolic acidosis
  3. To identify non-clinical patterns of toxicologic illness (e.g., ECG findings consistent with ingested intoxicants)
  4. To learn the management of acetaminophen poisoning
  5. To learn the management of aspirin toxicity
  6. To learn the management of tricyclic antidepressant poisoning
 Note: B2/ Students must engage in the type of clinical care carried out by the clinicians practicing in this field but may not have direct patient care as a major feature of the elective.   
Location:  UMMHC-University Campus
Website: http://www.umassmed.edu/emed/