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Medical Toxicology is a medical subspecialty focusing on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of poisoning/toxicity and other adverse health effects due to medications, chemicals, occupational and environmental toxins, and biological hazards. Medical Toxicology is officially recognized as a medical subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). (Definition provided by the American College of Medical Toxicology)

This program was designed by the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and the American College of Medical Toxicology to promote mentorship relationships between established medical toxicologists and individuals interested in pursuing further training in medical toxicology.

Carolinas Medical Center Medical Toxicology Training Program

The Carolinas Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine in Charlotte, NC offers a two-year ACGME-certified Medical Toxicology training program. Graduates of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, or Family Medicine training programs are eligible. The training experience encompasses all facets of Medical Toxicology including:

  • Acute care adult and pediatric consultation
  • Occupational and environmental exposures    
  • Poison center direction
  • Basic and/or clinical research
  • Grant writing
  • Didactics, including regular journal club, case conference, text review, and special topic review
  • Preparation of lectures for departments within Carolinas Medical Center
  • Manuscript preparation (case reports, text chapters, research)
  • Instruction of rotating residents, medical students, and PharmD students
  • Presentation of research at national meetings

The development of the fellowship occurs in two phases. In the first year, emphasis is placed on clinical experience through patient encounters at Carolinas Medical Center and with cases handled by North Carolina Poison Control. Research (either clinical or basic science) is the primary focus during the second year. Didactic teaching is integral throughout both years of training.

Contact Information:

Christine Murphy, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Division of Medical Toxicology
Department of Emergency Medicine
1000 Blythe Blvd.
Charlotte, NC  28203

Phone:  704-446-0446

Toxicology Faculty:

Michael C. Beuhler, MD, FACMT
Anna Dulaney, PharmD, DABAT
William (Russ) Kerns II, MD, FACEP, FACMT
Kathy Kopec, DO
Christine Murphy, MD, FACEP, FAAEM