New Educational Strategy In Toxicology: The Requirements Of Governmental Health Care And Industrial Sectors

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Jalal Pourahmad 1 , *

1 Faculty member of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.

How to Cite: Pourahmad J. New Educational Strategy In Toxicology: The Requirements Of Governmental Health Care And Industrial Sectors, J Med Edu. 2002 ; 2(1):e104982. doi: 10.22037/jme.v2i1.892.

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Journal of Medical Education: 2 (1); e104982
Published Online: April 05, 2009
Article Type: Review Article
Received: April 04, 2009
Accepted: April 05, 2009
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Abstract

Toxicology as a multidisciplinary field, provides career opportunities for graduates with medical, or veterinarian. pharmacological, pharmaceutical. biological,  microbiological,  molecular biological, chemical, biochemical, and genetic backgrounds. Today, however, specialists with a university degree in toxicology or a postgraduate training in toxicology have a clear advantage. Postgraduate diplomas are now  available  in  most  industrial  and  even  developing  countries  including  Iran.  In  addition. to  be successful, modern toxicologists in the industrial sector also need a good understanding of how to turn a scientific project into a successful product, an expertise generally acquired by on-/he-job training. The rapid progress in essentially all toxicology-relevant sciences makes continuous training mandatory. On the  other  hand,  the  governmental  health  care  sector  provides rewarding  career  opportunities  for professional toxicologists. Toxicologists in this sector evaluate diverse data on chemicals, assess the risks for exposed populations and assist in the articulation of policies for mc11wgement of those risks. The latter aspects require extensive experience in health care and environmental fields, awareness of international policies and developments. and ability to communicate risk to politicians and to the public. Education of toxicologists for the governmental  health care sector must reflect the broad general and specialist knowledge required.

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