Medical Toxicology Fellowship
Medical Toxicology Fellowship
Kavita Babu, 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
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.
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
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
For further information, including application materials, contact:
Martha Wright, MBA, Program Manager
University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Emergency
55 Lake Avenue North, LA-166
Worcester, MA 01655
Tel: (508) 421-1417
Fax: (508) 334-7411
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