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Toxikon

Toxikon is a consortium that unites the clinical toxicology programs of Illinois to achieve a common mission of "diagnosing, treating, and preventing poisonings in Illinois." The members of the consortium include the Illinois Poison Center at the Metropolitan Chicago Health Care Council, the Cook County Bureau of Health Services, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Rush-Prebyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center. Toxikon was established in 1988 in response to a health care initiative from the Chicago Community Trust. After demonstrating the success of the program during a 4-year grant period, the participating institutions elected to continue funding the consortium through their own resources.

Toxikon is administratively based in the Section of Clinical Toxicology, Division of Occupational Medicine, Department of Medicine, at Cook County Hospital. The consortium has a two-year ABMS-approved medical toxicology fellowship program for physicians who have completed primary training in emergency medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, or pediatrics. Toxikon has also participated in the emergency medicine/toxicology residency for PharmD's at the University of Illinois. Toxikon offers one-month clinical rotations in medical toxicology for residents and medical students. Toxikon faculty and students participate in daily clinical rounds, weekly grand rounds, weekly journal club, and monthly conferences with the Cook County or University of Illinois Departments of Emergency Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Pediatrics.

For more information, visit the Toxikon website.

The clinical staff of Toxikon includes ten board-certified medical toxicologists with primary boards in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and occupational medicine; and 3 ABAT certified clinical pharmacists. Toxikon faculty and fellows are engaged in a wide variety of clinical toxicology research. The Toxikon program provides the medical back-up to the Illinois Poison Center. Individuals interested in medical toxicology fellowship training or who wish to learn more about the consortium can contact Michelle Kanter, PharmD, the Toxikon coordinator, at 312-633-5310.