Educational Experience

Fellow Educational Experience, activities include:

  • M-F: Daily morning clinical toxicology rounds at Cook County Hospital, University of Illinois (UIC), and Illinois Poison Center (IPC)
    • Currently in-person on Tues, Wed, Thurs, Most Mondays and all Fridays remain virtual
  • Fellow-led teaching rounds, supervising rotating residents and students, opportunities to try different teaching methods
  • Every Monday: Journal Club, 3 carefully chosen articles, led by tox faculty.
    • Each fellow will run one journal club per year
  • Home call 6x / month
    • primary call as junior
    • intermediate supervisory call as senior
  • Every Wednesday: Fellow’s conference (fellow-developed content)
  • Wednesday afternoon: Toxicology clinic at UIC
  • Twice-monthly fellow toxicology core content review/chapter club
  • M-F: bedside consultations at UIC or Cook County
  • Combined Emergency Medicine Residency – Toxicology case conferences at University of Illinois and Cook County Hospitals
  • Twice yearly: Occupational Medicine – Toxicology conference
  • Friday mornings: Addiction Clinic – Cook County Hospital
  • Collaboration with RUSH University attendings for additional in-patient addiction medicine experience, if desired
  • Conference time: Annual North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology (NACCT), fall meeting
  • Conference time: American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) Annual Scientific Meeting, spring meeting
  • Control Quality projects and Lectures for IPC

Clinical Experience

The fellow provides bedside consultations for poisoned patients at Cook County Hospital and University of Illinois Hospital. The fellow acts as initial medical back-up for the Illinois Poison Center in the first year, and as intermediate back-up in the second year supervising residents on-call.

The fellow will see patients in ambulatory clinic settings on Wednesdays at UIC, supervised by Dr. Sean McCann and Dr. Trevonne Thompson

There will be opportunities to consult with local and regional governmental agencies.

Those fellows trained in Emergency Medicine work an average 6 shifts/calendar month.  In the first year, they work at the University of Illinois and, in the second year, at Cook County Hospital.

Weekly Fellowship Schedule

Monday:  Didactic teaching rounds, journal club for all fellows, attendings, residents, and students

Tuesday:  Didactic teaching rounds, resident-level educational session, Chapter Club every other week

Wednesday:  AM Fellows conference, toxicology clinic in afternoon

Thursday:  Didactic teaching rounds

Friday:  Didactic teaching rounds, resident presentations, Addiction clinic in am


Division Meeting – updates on the fellowship program, led by Dr. Aks


The fellows are required to work on one research project per year, and are to have completed two minor and one major projects by the end of the fellowship.

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