Health Care Professionals

Professional education

The Oregon Poison Center is a training site and educational resource for health care providers with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of the care they provide to patients experiencing a toxic exposure. As an academic program of Oregon Health & Science University, the poison center has the opportunity to teach students from many health care disciplines. Emergency medicine residents as well as medical, nursing, paramedic and pharmacy students obtain on site training here at the poison center.

The physicians and nursing staff of the Oregon Poison Center provides professional toxicology education through lectures, conferences, medical journal articles and didactic learning experiences. Check out our educational resources below: 

  • Tox shorts - a series of YouTube videos on topics in the emergency management of poisonings.
  • Toxicology podcast- as a comprehensive toxicology resource center, our poison center holds educational conferences each week. These conferences play an essential role in educating students, emergency medicine residents, nurses, and toxicology fellows.
  • Toxicology publications - toxicology fellowship publications authored by Oregon Poison Center faculty and fellows.
  • SPI publications - publications authored by Oregon Poison Center Specialists in Poison Information (SPIs) (nurses and pharmacists).  

Clinical management

The Oregon Poison Center is a resource for health care providers throughout our region. As the toxicology experts for the region, the nursing and physician staff of the poison center provides ongoing consultation and case management assistance to health care providers managing patients who have experienced a toxic exposure. An Oregon Poison Center medical toxicologist is on call 24 hours per day to respond to complex toxicologic cases. Our poison center provides ongoing consultation and follows patient progress with the treating health care provider to assist in evaluating diagnostic tests, clinical laboratory and EKG findings.

Toxicology fellowship

The Oregon Poison Center and Department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University offer a medical toxicology fellowship program. This fellowship is a two-year training program for physicians who are already qualified in a primary specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The program is designed to prepare the fellow for board certification in medical toxicology.  

Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative - Medical (PERC-med)

Helping medical professionals prevent, recognize, and treat pesticide-related illness. The Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative - Medical is a cooperative agreement (agreement #X-83935901) between the U.S. EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs and University of California Davis Extension, in collaboration with Oregon State University.

Visit PERC-med for additional resources or contact Diana Simmes, M.P.H. at drsimmes@ucdavis.edu.

One Sip Can Kill: Helping Medical Professionals Recognize Paraquat Poisoning. View paraquat poisoning poster.

PERC-med postcard with contact information for program coordinator, Diana Simmes, MPH: drsimmes@ucdavis.edu
PERC-med: Helping the medical community prevent, recognize, and treat pesticide-related illnesses and injuries.