All Poison Specialists at Tennessee Poison Center are registered nurses, pharmacists or physicians. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) credentials a nurse or phamacist as a Certified Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI) once standard requirements have been met. Certification requires passing a standardized national exam, handling a minium of 2,000 human exposure cases, and working a minum of 16 hours per week in the poison center. Tennessee Poison Center has 11 SPIs on staff.
Tennessee Poison Center has a board certified toxicology physician on staff. Donna Seger, MD. Dr. Seger is Executive Director and Medical Director of TPC and she is board-certified in Medical Toxicology and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Seger provides medical back-up call to the poison specialists 24 hours a day.
The Director of Community Outreach is a liaison between the community and TPC. She is responsible for all outreach and education activity at the Poison Center. In addition, there is an Administrative Manager and Program Coordinator that provide adminstrative and outreach support.