Medical Students

Oregon Poison Center

The Oregon Poison Center (OPC) is a 24-hour health care information and treatment resource serving the state of Oregon, as well as northern Nevada, Alaska and Guam. The poison center was established by an act of the Oregon State Legislature in 1978 to provide emergency treatment information for patients experiencing a poisoning or toxic exposure. The Oregon Poison Center is also responsible for providing public outreach and education to health care professionals.



The Oregon Poison Center mission is to provide care for people exposed to poison in their homes and to make prompt referrals to hospitals or clinics when necessary. We are committed to cost-saving management of poison- exposed people. Poison prevention education is another important component of our mission.

Goals and Expectations of the Oregon Poison Center

  1. Arrive at 9:45 a.m. for an orientation and a brief power point slide show of the how OPC functions.
  2. Sit side-by-side with one of our nurses and listen in by headset (9:45 to whenever rounds start) to listen in on calls to the poison center from parents, patients and physicians.
  3. Poison Center work rounds: meet with the faculty, fellows and other students and resident to discuss cases that they have call back. Usually starts between 10:00 and 10:30 in the poison center conference room and lasts until 12:00-1:00.
  4. 1:00: Afternoon education in the conference room. Sessions vary from lectures to Journal Club, to M&M conferences. Leave at 2:00pm to go to the RN shift.
  5. Students wishing more time listening to calls with the RNs can sometimes arrange to stay later or come back in the evening for more poison center time.

Check In / Directions

Please arrive at least 5 minutes early to your scheduled shift.
Check in with Charisse Pizarro-Osilla in Room 550 of the Campus Services Building.

Take the elevator to the 5th floor, turn left as you leave the elevator, turn right down the hallway.
Room 550 is down the hall to your left.

LOCATION: Campus Service Building
TIME:10:00am - 2:00pm

CONTACT: Charisse Pizarro-Osilla
PHONE: 4-2199