Instructions for Fellowship Applicants

Abstract

The Division of Toxicology, housed within the University of Massachusetts Department of Emergency Medicine, consists of a team of nine physician scientists and up to six toxicology fellows. Applications are accepted from June to September, and fellows are selected through the NRMP match. After completing their toxicology fellowships with us, our alumni have gone on to become leaders in both medicine and academia.

Introduction

The University of Massachusetts is home to the sole toxicology referral center serving Central Massachusetts, and we receive poisoned patients from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. High-volume inpatient consultation service provides bedside care to children and adults in the emergency, critical care, inpatient, and outpatient settings. Meanwhile, our outpatient clinic treats patients with environmental, occupational, agricultural, and recreational drug exposures.

Inclusion Criteria

Applicants must have completed a residency program in Emergency Medicine.

Methods

We are accepting application materials from June 1 to September 15, 2017 and conducting interviews in September and October. Fellows will be selected through the NRMP match.

We require electronic submissions of:

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation

 

Please email your materials to Dr. Mark Neavyn (fellowship director) at mark.neavyn@umassmemorial.org

 

Results

1. Instructional Component:

  • Comprehensive mentorship in clinical toxicology, education, original research, medical writing
  • Two didactic sessions per week

2. Clinical Care:

  • Daily rounding with attending toxicologists on admitted patients
  • Clinical emergency medicine shifts
  • Consultation call for UMass Memorial Medical Center
  • Massachusetts-Rhode Island poison center call
  • Toxicology Clinic at UMass Memorial Medical Center

3. Clinical Scholarship:

  • Medication safety
  • Peer review
  • Drafting of clinical policies
  • Delivering didactics to residents and students
  • Developing educational material for patients and lay community

4. Research:

  • Fundamental research and academic writing skills
    • Developing research questions
    • Conducting literature reviews
    • CITI and GCP training
    • IRB application drafting
    • Case report publication
    • Chart review techniques
    • Writing book chapters
  • Advanced research skills
    • Scientific peer review
    • Original research abstract presentation
    • Original research platforms and keynotes presentations
    • Original research publication
    • Managing collaborations
    • Dissemination of research findings via social media
    • Identifying extramural funding sources (foundations, NIH)
    • Grant writing

4. Academic Conferences:

  • New England Regional Toxicology Conferences
  • Funding for two annual national toxicology meetings: NACCT, ACMT

5. Professional Development Opportunities:

Discussion

After completing fellowships with us, our alumni have gone on to become leaders in toxicology in both medicine and academia:

Peter Chai ‘16
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester, MA)

Lynn Farrugia ‘15
Assistant Professor, Department of Traumatology and Emergency Medicine
University of Connecticut Medical School (Farmington, CT)
Director of Medical Toxicology, Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hartford Hospital (Hartford, CT)
Medical Director of Occupational Health, Department of Employee Health, MidState Medical Center (Meriden, CT)

Katharine (Katie) Boyle ‘15
Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Medical Toxicology, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA)

Stephanie Carreiro ‘15
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester, MA)

Jennifer Carey ‘14
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester, MA)

Mark Neavyn ‘14
Associate Fellowship Director and Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester, MA)

Matthew Zuckerman ‘13
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado (Denver, CO)

Literature Cited

To learn about the exciting research happening in the Division of Medical Toxicology, visit our Division Accomplishments page.