Medical School Lesson Plan – Toxicology

Picture the scene…

It is a busy Saturday night in the Emergency Department and you are asked to see a patient who has possibly taken a mixed overdose of their normal medication with alcohol. They are drowsy, uncommunicative and have black stains around their mouth…..

Learning Objective

To understand the principles of assessment and management of a patient who has taken an overdose. To know the basics about common toxins, their associated toxidromes and their potential antidotes. To know where to look for information about toxins and their management. 

Task 1 – Read

Task 2 – Watch

Task 3 – Discuss

Task 4 – Summary

Task 5 – Reflect


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    Mullally D. Induction Book 2 – Introduction to Toxicology. RCEM Learning. 2018; published online July 31. (accessed June 18, 2020).

Cite this article as: Natasha Chatham-Zvelebil, "Medical School Lesson Plan – Toxicology," in St.Emlyn's, September 22, 2020,

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