Appendix Five: Professional Education And Prevention Program Summaries

Pharmacy and Medical College Preceptorships

Pharmacy and medical students spend a five-week module at the poison center as an elective in their rotational component for their year of study prior to graduation. Drug education, treatment of poisonings, poison center history, facts, protocol, and computer resource training are included in their training. A research paper and oral presentation are required.

In-Service Training

Primarily for poison center staff. Provides current trends in poisoning, new drugs, and review of guidelines for common and uncommon toxicological protocols.

Journal Club and Case Review

Weekly presentations and discussions of advancements and new findings in toxicology and pharmacology. Discussion of new and difficult cases. Open to poison center staff, students and other medical professionals.

Electronic Continuing Education

Sponsored by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Specialists in Poison Information provide continuing education topics, questions and answers on a daily basis.


Workshop for EMT, ambulance, nursing and fire personnel, provides background on the poison center, staff and services. Common and uncommon poison exposures in the field as well as management and treatment protocol. Explores how and when to utilize the services of a poison control center

Professional Newsletter

A professional publication featuring updates in toxicology, pharmacology and poison exposure management. Designed as a communication tool for the professional/medical communities.

Tours and Orientations

Tours and orientations available to professional and public groups. Professional groups receive information on poison exposure treatment protocol, and how and why a poison center can be of assistance to them in their profession.


Professional presentation at a conference or symposium on poison related topics.