• Medical Toxicology - LLSA Reading Submission Process

    Solicitation of Readings for Future LLSA Tests

    A cornerstone of the Medical Toxicology Maintenance of Certification program is the concept of Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (LLSA). The primary goal of LLSA is to promote continuous learning by diplomates. The Medical Toxicology Subboard facilitates this learning by identifying a biennial set of LLSA readings to guide diplomates in self-study of recent Medical Toxicology literature.

    The Medical Toxicology Subboard wishes to identify important readings from well-respected journals and other publications that are widely and easily accessible to all Medical Toxicology diplomates.

    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.

    Developing high-quality LLSA tests depends on identifying high-quality readings. You can have a voice in the identification of these readings. ABEM welcomes and requests that Medical Toxicology organizations and diplomates submit suggestions for readings.

    Submission Criteria for Medical Toxicology LLSA Readings

    The Medical Toxicology Subboard will review all readings that are submitted. The Subboard has established the following criteria for LLSA readings:

      • Focus on recent advances or current issues in the field of Medical Toxicology;
      • Be drawn from peer-reviewed Medical Toxicology journals, other peer-reviewed journals, textbook chapters, or updated practice guidelines;
      • Be published within the previous seven years of the test date, in printed or electronic form; and
      • Relate directly to one or more of the content areas within The Core Content of Medical Toxicology.

    Content of the LLSA Test in 2019

    Although readings for the 2017 LLSA test have already been selected, the Subboard welcomes reference suggestions for future LLSA tests from the larger Medical Toxicology community on an ongoing basis.

    Currently, the Medical Toxicology Subboard is soliciting readings for the 2019 LLSA test. As noted above, readings can be related to any content area of The Core Content of Medical Toxicology.

    How to Submit Recommendations for LLSA Readings

    You can submit your readings by email, mail, or fax:

    Submitting by Email

    Email to: MTLLSA@abem.org

    For each reference submitted please include the following two items:

    1.   One electronic (pdf) copy of the entire article, chapter, or other text attached to the email.

    2.   Your name.

    In addition, if you are submitting a reference on behalf of an organization, please let us know the organizational affiliation.

    We will contact you by email if we have any questions about your submission.

    Submitting by FAX or Mail

    FAX: 517.332.3943


    Medical Toxicology LLSA References
    American Board of Emergency Medicine
    3000 Coolidge Road
    East Lansing, MI 48823

    For each reference submitted please include the following two items:

    1.   Your name and contact information. Please fill out the LLSA Reading Submission Form. It is available in two formats, please select one below: 

    MT LLSA Submission Form (Word)
    MT LLSA Submission Form (PDF)

    2.   One copy of the entire article, chapter, or other text.

    References received by May 1, 2017, will be considered for inclusion in the 2019 LLSA test. References submitted after that date may be considered for future years.

    Recommendations may be submitted via fax or mail:

    If you have specific questions or comments regarding the process for recommending references for the LLSA component of the Medical Toxicology Maintenance of Certification program, please contact Julie N. Keehbauch, Examinations Editor, at the ABEM office. If you have questions of a more general nature regarding LLSA or about the overall Medical Toxicology Maintenance of Certification program, please contact Kevin B. Joldersma, Ph.D., Senior Psychometrician.