• Medical Toxicology - MOC Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment Overview

    The primary goal of LLSA is to promote continuous learning by Medical Toxicology diplomates.  The Medical Toxicology Subboard facilitates this learning by identifying a set of LLSA readings every two years to guide diplomates in self-study of recent Medical Toxicology literature. Readings are intended to address issues of relevance to current practice at the time they are posted.  The Medical Toxicology Subboard recognizes that Medical Toxicology is an ever-evolving science and that new knowledge becomes available on a continual basis.

    The readings are designed as study tools and should be read critically.  They are not intended to be all-inclusive and are not meant to define the standard of care for the practicing medical toxicologist. The Medical Toxicology Subboard does not endorse a specific research finding or treatment modality--including off-label use of medications--by virtue of its being the subject of a selected LLSA reading. Likewise, the Subboard is mindful of the potential for real or perceived conflicts of interest in professional literature and makes a conscious effort to account for this in its LLSA reading selections.

    • A list of 10 to 15 Medical Toxicology-based readings will be posted on the ABEM website every other year.
    • LLSA tests consisting of 20 to 30 multiple choice questions will be developed based on the biennial readings.
    • A new LLSA test will be posted on the ABEM website in June of each odd-numbered year.
    • Each LLSA test will remain online for four years.


    The Medical Toxicology Subboard recently decided to eliminate the quantified link between the Medical Toxicology LLSA content specifications and the Medical Toxicology Core Content, essentially getting rid of the designated and non-designated content distinction within the Medical Toxicology LLSA reading lists. This allows the LLSA editors to select the best recent literature for each biennial LLSA reading list without having to restrict their choices to designated vs. non-designated areas. The 2015 Medical Toxicology LLSA Reading List will therefore be reflective of the entire Core Content for Medical Toxicology, rather than specifically designated areas.