Get to know John DelBianco, MD, medical toxicology fellow.
Career goal: I want to have a career that combines emergency medicine and toxicology in an academic setting.
The unique perspectives of the residents create a rich learning environment for all, and working with rotators helps fellows develop their teaching and leadership skills.
What has been the most extraordinary part of your training experience so far?
Caring for patients affected by substance use has been a fulfilling aspect of my fellowship experience. We have the opportunity to resuscitate patients after an opioid overdose and then help them begin their recovery journeys before they leave the hospital.
What is one memory you have from your training so far that will stick with you for your career?
At my first national toxicology conference in San Francisco, I enjoyed spending time with colleagues outside the hospital, meeting other fellows and learning from notable toxicologists from across the country.
What does it mean to be a fellow at LVHN?
LVHN is a great place to train. We have supportive faculty who are always receptive to our feedback about the fellowship experience.
What makes your LVHN training program different from others across the country?
We hone our clinical skills at the bedside on our busy inpatient consult service, while also learning how to evaluate and manage poisoned patients by phone at outlying hospitals. Our service hosts rotating residents from an array of specialties, including emergency medicine, psychiatry, internal medicine and pediatrics. The unique perspectives of the residents create a rich learning environment for all, and working with rotators helps fellows develop their teaching and leadership skills.
What is one piece of advice you would share with someone as they select a training program?
There are many factors to consider when evaluating programs. Pay close attention to the people when selecting a place to train. Find people who will encourage your professional development and who you enjoy spending time with.