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Introduction to Clinical Toxicology

  • PHA 6556 Introduction to Clinical Toxicology

    Description

    This 3-credit course, which is based on written modules, is structured to comprehensively provide the student with the fundamental concepts of clinical toxicology. Specifically, basic methods and procedures commonly employed in Clinical Toxicology are introduced and explained as well as the concept of Clinical Toxicology as an interdisciplinary science within the field of healthcare. We aim to supplement this information with frequent case studies, detailed module objectives and critical thinking exercises using online journal articles and assignments for each module.

    Prerequisites

    Please review our recommended course order.

    Objectives

    1. Define the basic principles and methods of clinical toxicology,
    2. Explain why clinical toxicology has a long standing history and how it applies to various fields as an interdisciplinary science,
    3. Describe what a toxic syndrome is,
    4. Explain the basic principles of managing a poisoned or overdosed patient,
    5. Apply basic concepts of laboratory testing principles,
    6. Identify and apply the basic concepts of toxicokinetics,
    7. Describe the concept of differing toxic effects depending on the route of administration,
    8. Differentiate the processes involved in liberation and absorption of toxicants into the body,
    9. Apply the basic principles involved in distribution and elimination of toxicants, and
    10. Distinguish the approaches utilized to prevent absorption and enhance elimination of toxicants.

    Topics

    Module Topic
    Module 1 Introduction and history of clinical toxicology
    Module 2 Toxidrome
    Module 3 Management of the poisoned or overdosed patient
    Module 4 Laboratory principles
    Module 5 Pharmacokinetics and Toxicokinetics overview
    Module 6 Administration, liberation, and absorption of toxicants
    Module 7 Prevention of absorption from the gastrointestinal tract
    Module 8 A Distribution and metabolism
    Module 9 Elimination of toxicants
    Module 10 Enhancement of elimination of toxicants
    Module 11 Introduction to Occupational Toxicology

    Criteria for successful completion include completing the individual essay assignments and scoring at least 70% on the overall score, participating in ongoing discussion board postings, and completing the evaluation forms for each module.

    If you have additional questions about the content of this course, please contact the course instructor, Oliver Grundmann (grundman@ufl.edu), Clinical Assistant Professor.

    Note to Non-UF Students:

    Students new to the University of Florida system who wish to take this course as an elective for other institutions, for continuing education outside of a degree-seeking program, or do not otherwise wish to apply to a University of Florida program at this time need to fill out a Non-Degree Application [found here] during the enrollment process. Critical dates for enrollment are located here.

    Transfer of credit instructions after completion of the course:

    Transcripts are not automatically sent to the student after each term and must be requested by the student.

    To gain access to your unofficial transcript online, go to Student Self Service at UF. You will need your gatorlink ID username and password. Once in the system, click on ‘records’ and ‘unofficial transcripts’. If you have graduated or not taken courses for more than a term, you will not have access to the unofficial electronic transcript.

    For official transcripts, follow the Transcript Request Procedures (PDF) to request transcripts from the Registrar. Grade transcripts can be requested only after the grades are released through Student Self Service. If you have a valid Gatorlink username and password you can login to Student Self Service and verify if the grades have been posted to the transcript before ordering the transcript.

    MATERIALS

    Required Materials:

    Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies
    Author: Lewis Goldfrank, Neal Flomenbaum, Neal Lewin, Mary Ann Howland, Robert Hoffman, Lewis Nelson
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 8th edition (3/28/2006)
    ISBN: 0071437630

    LIBRARY ACCESS

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    Tuition: $1,725

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