November 1992

Toxicology as a Discipline of Internal Medicine: The Time Has Come

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Chicago, Ill

Arch Intern Med. 1992;152(11):2348-2349. doi:10.1001/archinte.1992.00400230140033

To the Editor.—  Over the past 3 years, the American Board of Medical Toxicology has been working with the American Board of Medical Specialties in developing subcertification procedures with the American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Preventive Medicine, and the American Board of Pediatrics submitting an application for creation of a subcertificate in Medical Toxicology to the American Board of Medical Specialties. This has led the American Board of Medical Specialties, on September 18, 1992, to establish Medical Toxicology as a subspecialty under Emergency Medicine, Preventive Medicine/Occupational Medicine, and Pediatrics. Of interest is that the American Board of Internal Medicine has demonstrated reluctance to participate as a sponsoring specialty. This decision is apparently based on current low numbers of internists involved in medical toxicology (35 [19%] of 186 current American Board of Medical Toxicology diplomates are internists) and lack of medical toxicology training in internal medicine residency training

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