Posted on: July 9, 2020
Jill Michels, Pharm.D., and a Diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology has been appointed to serve a three-year term to the ABAT Board of Directors. Michels, clinical associate professor and director of the Palmetto Poison Center at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, is the only pharmacist who is board certified in toxicology in the state of South Carolina.
The ABAT is a standing committee of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and was created to recognize non-physician clinical toxicologists. ABAT members are recognized as clinical toxicologists demonstrating exceptional knowledge, experience and competence.
The globally recognized credential in toxicology represents competency and commitment to human health and environmental sciences and to identify, maintain, and evolve a standard for professional competency in the field of toxicology. The group encourages the study and science of toxicology, providing training opportunities for those seeking to further their knowledge and expertise in the in the field of toxicology.
To certify as a Diplomate with the ABAT, candidates sit for an exam that demonstrates their knowledge in key areas of toxicology including toxicology studies; environmental, clinical, non-clinical, and forensic investigation; mechanistic toxicology; risk assessment; hazard identification; exposure assessment; dose response assessment, risk characterization and management; and applied toxicology in public, environmental, and occupational health.
Being involved in professional organizations provides a chance to serve your community as well as your profession.
Jill Michels, Pharm.D. Director, Palmetto Poison Center
As a member of the board of directors, Michels will help oversee functions of the association. “We want to grow our numbers in terms of membership and certifications,” she adds, “as well as provide continuing education to our current members and professionals. The board of directors is also responsible for review and update of both the certification and recertification exams.
Michels, a member of the ABAT since 2005, says being part of the organization allows her the opportunity to take part in the national conversation as it relates to toxicology. She also says being a member of the ABAT is significant for the College of Pharmacy. “For our students, they can see more options that are available for them to be involved in their profession once they complete their formal training with COP,” she adds. “Being involved in professional organizations provides a chance to serve your community as well as your profession.”