SAEM/ACMT Michael P. Spadafora Toxicology Scholarship

Status: Closed
Application Deadline: August 1, 2018

The following provides an overview of the Michael P. Spadafora Medical Toxicology Scholarship and instructions for applying for the grant. For submission instructions and SAEMF policies, visit How To Apply. For answers to other common questions, visit our Grants FAQ page, or email 

All applications, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically to All applications must be received by 5 pm (Central time) on their due date. Applications must be submitted in a single file (PDF format only) attached to an email. The subject line of the email should indicate the grant for which the applicant is applying (Spadafora Medical Toxicology Scholarship). 


There is no application form. Please see the application components required as listed below.


Dr. Michael P. Spadafora was an academic emergency physician and medical toxicologist who was a member of the SAEM and the ACMT. He was dedicated to resident education. After his death in October 1999, memorial donations were directed to SAEM for the establishment of a scholarship fund to encourage emergency medicine residents to pursue medical toxicology fellowship training.

The award provides support for the recipient to attend the ACMT (American College of Medical Toxicology) ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting in April 2018 in Washington DC.

Please note that the ACMT offers a separate scholarship program that also provides support for attending the course. An awardee cannot receive both, but can apply for either or both awards separately. Contact ACMT for further information about that program at:


Applicant (Project PI)

Any emergency medicine resident in good standing who is a post-graduate year (PGY) 1 or 2 in a three-year residency program (or a PGY-2 or 3 in a 4-year program) in an Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved emergency medicine residency program is eligible for the award. 



The application for the award consists of the following:


  1. Curriculum vitae of applicant.
  2. Verification of employment and letter of support from the applicant's program director.
  3. 1-2 letters of nomination from current member(s) of SAEM who has/have served in a supervisory, mentorship or similar role for the applicant.
  4. 1-2-page essay describing the applicant's interest and background in medical toxicology.


The award of $2,000 will provide funds for travel, meeting registration, meals, and lodging, contingent on the availability of funds from the SAEMF. Any residual funds will be returned to SAEMF at the end of the award period. SAEMF grants are contingent upon the amount of available funds from the SAEMF. SAEMF may discontinue, postpone, or change grant funding based on the amount of funds available. The number and monetary amount of awards granted depend on the quality of applications and status of the SAEMF endowment funds.  


The recipient will be required to submit a summary of the ACMT Annual Scientific Meeting for publication in the SAEM Newsletter within 30 days of the meeting.


January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018 


Visit the ACMT website for a similar award.


The SAEM Grants Committee is responsible for reviewing grant applications for this award, and will make recommendations to the SAEM Foundation Board of Trustees regarding candidate recipients. The committee uses a scoring system to judge and compare applications that considers the qualifications of the applicant. A Michael P. Spadafora Medical Toxicology Scholarship will be awarded only if the committee and the SAEMF deem that an applicant worthy of receiving the award can be selected. 


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Updated: June 2, 2017