Specialist in Poison Information:
The Georgia Poison Center is currently accepting applications for the position of SPECIALIST IN POISON INFORMATION. If you are interested in this applying for this opportunity at the Grady Health System, submit a current CV along with a letter of intent to the following address:
Stephanie Hon, PharmD, DABAT
Assistant Director, Georgia Poison Center firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialist in Poison Information
Category: Professional Non-Nursing
Facility: Grady Health System Main Campus, Atlanta, GA
Dept: Poison Control Center (922)
– Regular – Full-Time
– Rotating Evenings and Weekends
SUMMARY (BASIC PURPOSE OF THE JOB)
Serves as a knowledge resource and uses independent judgment to help physicians plan the optimum management of toxicologic problems. Serves as a knowledge resource and uses independent judgment to help physicians plan optimum management of animal bite victims with potential rabies exposures. Has the responsibility for evaluating the toxic hazards and initiating appropriate management of toxicologic emergencies, potential rabies exposures, and problems presented by the public. Interacts with government emergency resources (fire, police, medical) in organizing response to toxic emergencies. Reports all potential rabies exposures to Georgia State Department of Human Resources. Represents the hospital through contacts with the news media and through community health programs. Trains and supervises junior members of the poison center staff and participates in the training of house staff, medical students and other health care professionals.
- Baccalaureate degree and/or degree in Pharmacy, Nursing (to include Associate Degree), Medical Doctor degree or similar health care profession as defined for eligibility for certification by the American Association of Poison Control Centers required.
- Training and experience within the medical health field as a pharmacist, nurse, or medical doctor is required.
- One (1) year (2,000 hours) of experience as Poison Information Provider required.
- Must be certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (examination required) or obtain certification within 5 years of employment (required).
- Knowledge of the toxicologic applications of human physiology, chemistry pharmacology, action of drug, chemical and biologic toxins, information resources and their applications, pertinent toxicologic literature, medical terminology, systems of emergency management of this region is required.
The Georgia Poison Center (GPC) serves as a training site for health care professionals. Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Residents from Emory University and Morehouse University train at the GPC for up to one month. During this period, the Residents have the opportunity to see how the Poison Center operates and become familiar with the resources that are available int eh center. Residents may also consult on poisoned patients admitted to local health care facilities.
In addition to training physicians, the GPC also trains pharmacy students, pharmacy residents and graduate nursing students. Students from Mercer College, South University and Creighton schools of pharmacy, as well as pharmacy residents from Grady Health System and Emory University spend a little over a month training at the GPC mastering basic clinical toxicology principles through group tutorials and hands-on activity with the guidance of toxicologists and poison specialists.