Clinical Toxicology Fellowship (PharmD)
The Georgia Poison Center (GPC), a department of the Grady Health System, is seeking qualified applicants for a twelve (12)-month fellowship in clinical toxicology. The goal of the clinical toxicology fellowship is to train a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) graduate to function in a professional, administrative, and research capacity in a regional poison center, clinical toxicology service, and/or academic environment. The GPC also serves as an active learning and training site for pharmacy students and residents in clinical pharmacy practice.
The GPC, which is certified and accredited by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, is a non-profit organization that provides 24-hour per day poison treatment advice to the public, physicians, nurses, EMTs, and other healthcare professionals. Our services help to reduce the severity of poisonings and in many cases save lives. The program may extend through a one (1) or two (2)-year period, depending on whether the applicant has completed a PGY-1 residency prior to acceptance into the Clinical Toxicology Fellowship. During the first year, the fellow will focus their efforts on developing general clinical pharmacy skills. The fellow will spend the year at Grady Memorial Hospital engaging in direct patient care, rounding with medical teams, enhancing presentation and research skills, and developing leadership qualities. Candidates applying for a two (2) year fellowship must submit two separate applications – one to the GPC and one to Grady Health System. More information about the Grady PGY-1 can be found here.
During the second year, the fellow will concentrate primarily on research with a smaller component of time spent on other activities. As a PGY-2 fellow at the Georgia poison center, you will:
- Serve as primary preceptor for rotating P4 pharmacy students on the toxicology rotation
- Regularly participate in the toxicological evaluation, management, and bedside care of patients at five Atlanta-based metropolitan hospitals with the toxicology rounding service
- Serve as on-call toxicology backup for one of the busiest poison control centers in the country
- Attend the annual NACCT toxicology conference
- Become a certified instructor for the Advanced Hazmat Life Support training course
- Prepare and present lectures to various hospitals, universities, and other professional groups
- Attend and participate in regular case conferences, lectures, and journal clubs (occasionally at the CDC)
- Assist with legal/forensic toxicology cases
- Prepare and submit at least one abstract for presentation at a national meeting
- Prepare and submit at least one manuscript for publication
After successful completion of a clinical toxicology fellowship at the GPC, the fellow will be able to:
- Competently manage poisoned patients in a clinical setting
- Develop a thorough knowledge of the pathophysiology, toxicity, assessment, and treatment of common overdoses
- Skillfully prepare and present didactic lectures and clinical teaching to diverse audiences (e.g. School of Pharmacy, School of Medicine, clinical toxicology services, and various healthcare facilities)
- Critically evaluate toxicology literature, prepare manuscripts for publication and lectures for professional presentation
Our current fellow (Ally King, PharmD) will be at the 2016 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you are interested in discussing the program further please sign up to meet with her through ASHP Personal Placement Services (PPS). She will also be available at the Grady Health System booth during the residency showcase. If you wish to meet with Dr. King at another date and time while at the conference, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meet and greet. She will be in Las Vegas from Dec 4th to Dec 8th, 2016.
2015-2016 Lindsay Schaack, PharmD, DABAT – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Emergency Medicine, Wellstar Paulding Hospital, Hiram, GA
2014-2015 Natalija Farrell, PharmD, BCPS, DABAT – Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Emergency Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI