The mission of the Toxikon Consortium is to provide excellence in clinical care, training, education, and research related to the poisoned patient. 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.
The members of the consortium include Cook County (Stroger) Hospital and the Bureau Health Services, The University of Illinois Hospital and Medical Center of Chicago, and The Illinois Poison Center.
Cook County’s Stroger Hospital (Academic affiliate: Rush University) is the administrative home of the consortium. The Department of Emergency Medicine sponsors a four-year (1-4) Emergency Medicine Residency approved for 60 resident trainees. Additionally, The University of Illinois Program in Emergency Medicine has a total of 40 Emergency Medicine Residents in its three-year (1-3) residency program.
The clinical staff of Toxikon includes ABAT certified clinical pharmacists and board-certified medical toxicologists with primary boards in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and occupational medicine. 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.
The goal of the Toxikon Medical Toxicology Fellowship Program is to provide comprehensive postgraduate fellowship training in medical toxicology for qualified physicians. Individuals interested in medical toxicology fellowship training or who wish to learn more should visit the Fellowship Application Process website.
Photo of Chris Lim at NACCT 2013 Atlanta, GA courtesy of Toxikon Consortium Website