Year Four Courses

Four Week Electives

PED 739 - Pediatric Cardiology Elective with global health experience (4th year) - 5

Instructor: Linda Pauliks, MD


EMED 754 - Toxicology Elective


Credits: 5


Program Directors:

  • J. Ward Donovan, M.D


Administrative Coordinator:

Amanda Cresswell (


Contact Information:

Amanda Cresswell RN, MSN, CMSRN
Toxicology Program Manager
Pinnacle Health Toxicology
(717) 782-3362 office
(717) 221-7660 pager
(717) 231-8778 fax



Completion of third year clerkships


Maximum Number of Students:



When Offered:

All Rotations


Length Of Course:

1 month



7:30 A.M., Harrisburg Hospital



A one-month toxicology elective for fourth year medical students includes the following educational opportunities:

  1. Toxicology admissions and consults: The Pinnacle Health Toxicology Center at Harrisburg Hospital is one of the busiest inpatient toxicology services in the nation. The Center operates a 10-bed Toxicology Unit with over 900 service admissions and consults and more than 5000 telephone consults per year. The telephone consult service provides more than 50 hospitals in central Pennsylvania a direct physician consult for poisoned patients. The service provides immediate recommendations for the treatment of poisoned patients as well as medical air transport to the center for specific antidotes and management. Every telephone consult is discussed immediately with a board certified Medical Toxicologist.
  2. Weekly Conferences: The conferences include lecture presentations, journal clubs, toxicology chapter reviews, and topic of the week discussions.
  3. Toxicology Center Morning Conference: This occurs daily and provides opportunity for the team to discuss all telephone consults that have been received by the on-call resident. 
  4. Independent Study: The Toxicology Center admissions and consults along with the telephone consult service should expose the student to the most common toxicologic poisonings. Journal articles and outlines will be available for the students to review as these cases appear. There will be a list of suggested poisonings for review so that if certain cases do not occur through the month, the student will have the opportunity to read and discuss these poisonings with the attending physician during the last week of the rotation.
  5. Research: The Toxicology Service actively participates in a number of ongoing clinical studies.


Additional Information:

Report To:

Amanda Cresswell RN, MSN, CMSRN