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I need a toxicology topic for a presentation

Discussion in 'Medical Toxicology (MD, DO, PharmD)' started by ketafol, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. ketafol

    ketafol ASA Member 2+ Year Member

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    Med student here, need to do a 20 min presentation. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.
     
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  3. BADMD

    BADMD Physician 10+ Year Member

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    What interests you? Have you seen a relavent case? What service are you on? What year are you?

    There are numerous topics. Unless you have seen something obscure, stick with mundane and common. Try to narrow your topic, especially if you are supposed to present something evidence based.

    I can list quite a few medications that might be relavent to any service, however they can quite broad:

    Acute or chronic acetaminophen
    Aspirin
    Individual drugs of abuse
    Digoxin
    betablockers
    Calcium Channel blockers
    Individual antipsychotics can be quite interesting, but very broad and technical
    TCAs
    Approach to the intoxicated patient
    Toxic electrocardiograms
    Whole bowel irrigation

    The key is to pick something that you like and actually want to learn about.

    With more information, your topic can be more easily refined.
     
  4. Chronic Student

    Chronic Student So Fresh, So Clean 5+ Year Member

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    Anti-freeze is always a favorite.

    -Mike
     
  5. SolidGold

    SolidGold Florida winters are the best! 10+ Year Member

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    Jimson weed! :hungover:
     
  6. FISKUS

    FISKUS Gimme a sammich 2+ Year Member

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    Nutmeg intoxication - I have treated 2 cases in the past year
     
  7. docB

    docB Chronically painful Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    Here's the problem with Tox. Your choice is to do something common that has been beaten to death (eg. APAP, TCAs) or do a real zebra that no one will ever see (eg. nerve gas). Picking which way you want to go is a good start.
     
  8. trkd

    trkd 10+ Year Member

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    Agreed. I DO think that med students would find something like acetaminophen poisoning useful because they will possibly see it sometime in the next year and will feel super smart when they see it or mention it in their differential.
     
  9. Dr.Evil1

    Dr.Evil1 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    For a 20 min presentation I wouldn't choose something like APAP or ASA, too broad and too much known. I would focus on something a little smaller like a specific plant or a much less common med where you can educate in a short period of time as to the basics of the medication. As mentioned above Jimson weed or something that is abused is always fun to do research on because you realize that you could buy all this stuff in like 5 min on the internet.
     
  10. Jeff698

    Jeff698 EM/EMS nerd 15+ Year Member

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    A 20 minute presentation is too short to bother with pathophysiology. I'd keep everyone's attention, keep it clinically oriented and maybe someone might actually learn something.

    Try answering a clinical question or two in the context of brief case presentations.

    Take care,
    Jeff
     
  11. wrested

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