• 2012 Core Content of Medical Toxicology

    The 2012 Core Content of Medical Toxicology will be the basis for Medical Toxicology certification and cognitive expertise examinations beginning in 2014. The percentage distribution below will also be effective beginning with the 2014 examinations.

    The Core Content of Medical Toxicology (Core Content) was developed in 2003 and serves as the basis for the content specifications for all examinations developed by the Medical Toxicology Subboard. This group consists of content experts and representatives from the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Preventive Medicine for the subspecialty of Medical Toxicology.

    The Core Content can be downloaded from the website of the Journal of Medical Toxicology. To access the 2012 document, go to the link below and click on the "Access the old SpringerLink" link on the upper right of the page. This will take you to the open access version of the article.

    The 2012 Core Content of Medical Toxicology

    The Medical Toxicology Subboard endorses the 2012 Core Content in its current version. However, the Subboard's endorsement does not extend to future documents resulting from this original work.

    The Core Content appears in the Journal of Medical Toxicology:

    Nelson LS, Baker BA, Osterhoudt KC, Snook CP, for the Medical Toxicology Core Content Task Force for the Medical Toxicology Subboard, and Keehbauch JN, for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. The 2012 core content of medical toxicology. J. Med. Toxicol. 2012;8(2):183-91. doi: 10.1007/s13181-012-0223-5.

                                                     Medical Toxicology
                  Certification Examination and Cognitive Expertise Examination

                     Percentage Distribution of Test Items by Core Content Area

                               Effective Beginning with the 2014 Examinations  

    1.0  Principles of Toxicology    10% 
       1.1-1.2    7%
       1.1 Pharmacology/Toxicology    
       1.2 Molecular Components/Mechanisms    
       1.3-1.6    3%
       1.3 Cytotoxic Mechanisms    
       1.4 Principles of Radiation    
       1.5 Mutagenesis and Carcinogenesis    
       1.6 Mechanisms of Reproductive Developmental Toxicology    
     2.0  Toxins and Toxicants    50%
       2.1 Drugs 22%   
       2.2 Drugs of Abuse  6%  
       2.3 Industrial, Household, and Environmental Toxicants 15%  
       2.4 Natural Products  5%  
       2.5 Warfare and Terrorism  1%  
       2.6 Radiological  1%  
     3.0  Clinical Assessment    10%
     4.0  Therapeutics    10%
     5.0  Assessment and Population Health    10%
     6.0  Analytical and Forensic Toxicology    10%