Meet our 2021-2023 Clinical Toxicology Fellow
Below is an introduction to the latest clinical toxicology fellow to join the poison center through June 2023.
My name is Kayla Bourgeois, Pharm.D., from outside of Baton Rouge, LA. I enjoy playing soccer, getting involved in my church community, and finding new music to listen to on repeat. As a third-year pharmacy student, I had a short two-week clinical rotation with my state poison center. This was the first time I saw pharmacists working in this capacity, as part of a niche multi-disciplinary group of specialists in their field. The unique cases I worked with involved a particular set of skills and advanced thinking involving organic chemistry, deductive reasoning, pharmacology, and so much more. From then on, I knew I wanted to be part of this relatively small team of professionals, become an expert in the field of toxicology, and advancing my profession by adding to the number of pharmacists certified in this area. The remainder of my education and clinical training not only reinforced my desire, but expanded my interests to include academia, and emergency medicine which are unique to this institution. Considering the latter, paired with the amazing colleagues and preceptors involved in this program, I could think of no better opportunity than to pursue the Clinical Toxicology & Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Binghamton SOPPS in conjunction with Upstate New York Poison Center and Upstate Medical University.