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Overview of Toxicology Subspecialty

Toxicology is a rapidly growing part of the division and is committed to providing the most up-to-date training in the management of poisoning and overdoses. We currently have five faculty members who participate in both bench and bedside research. They provide a vital consulting service to the medical center and the Missouri Regional Poison Center.  The toxicology attending also lectures throughout the year to multiple departments, to physicians or groups at other hospitals, and at regional and national meetings.  Our residency training consists of a one-month program in clinical toxicology. While on this rotation, residents are available for bedside consults for all toxicological emergencies and staff each patient with the on-call attending.  Additionally, the section's goal is to improve the residents' exposure to interesting toxicology cases. Toward that end, toxicology has forged alliances in the hospital, industry, and the community to heighten awareness of the toxicology service.  We are also incorporating areas of simulation into our curriculum.

To further assist providers at off campus locations, we are developing a telemedicine service.

The Washington University Toxicology section is now providing telemedicine services to Progress West Hospital. This is one of the first Toxicology telemedicine programs in the country.

The Medical Toxicology and Addiction Medicine Clinic will open in May. Physicians that are board-certified in Medical Toxicology and Addiction Medicine will evaluate patients twice a month. Patients that were exposed to a chemical or toxin at home or at work, were envenomated, or looking for an independent medical exam can be evaluated in the clinic. In addition, the physicians will also treat patients with addiction issues, which may include prescribing naltrexone or buprenorphine. Social work and pharmacy resources are available at the clinic. For an appointment, please call or email the clinic coordinator Ms. Andrea Ramirez at (314) 362-4362 or ramirezan@wusm.wustl.edu.

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