Fifty percent of fellowship time is spent in clinical training, extensively covering allergy disorders (e.g., asthma, food allergy, anaphylaxis, drug allergy, eczema, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, eosinophilic disorders, mast cell diseases) and primary and secondary immune deficiencies. Fellows will become accomplished in the application of skin tests for diagnosis of aeroallergen, venom, and drug allergy; pulmonary function testing; food and drug challenges and desensitization; epicutaneous patch testing: allergen immunotherapy; the use of biologics and immunoglobulin therapy.
Fellows are assigned patients whom they treat and monitor longitudinally over the period of their 2-year fellowship supervised by attending faculty members. On average, fellows will see 3-6 patients per half-day session. The number of weekly outpatient sessions will vary based on whether the fellow is covering inpatient consultations as well or is on elective rotation.
The Division of Allergy & Immunology works closely and collaborates with the pediatric and adult divisions of dermatology, pulmonary, rheumatology, and gastroenterology. Fellows can elect two 2-week rotations per year in their divisions of interest, based on preference and availability. Other specialty exposure during fellowship can include either adult or pediatric dermatology, pulmonary, gastroenterology, infectious disease, and rheumatology.
Fellows will have opportunities for teaching residents and medical students rotating through the allergy & immunology elective programs. Fellows participate in and present at the conferences, journal clubs and board review and are actively involved in teaching the house staff during inpatient consultations and when students and residents rotate through allergy & immunology outpatient clinics.
Research & Scholarly Activities
Fifty percent of fellowship time is allocated to research and scholarly/educational activities. Fellows will master basic principles of research including conducting a comprehensive literature search, study design, data collection, data analysis and data interpretation, writing and editing research protocols.
Fellows are mentored in the design, implementation, and evaluation of individualized scholarly research projects within their area of interest. Projects may be laboratory-based, epidemiologic, quality-improvement focused, or clinical-investigation based. Fellows will present their findings at local, regional, and national professional and scientific society meetings and they will endeavor to have their research published in peer-reviewed journals.
Didactics conferences are scheduled throughout the work week, month, and year. Attendance at didactic conferences is required of all fellows, rotators, and divisional faculty.
- Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
- Pediatric Medicine Grand Rounds
- Clinical Case Conference (Pediatric, Adult Allergy and Immunology): Discussions of difficult cases and inpatient and outpatient consultations.
- Core Curriculum/Board Review: Conferences address core content defined by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology for certification and Board Review.
- Immunology Conferences: Board Review of immunology from textbook and peer-reviewed journals.
- Journal Club: Topics of interest presented by allergy attendings, fellows and rotators.
- Research Meeting & Immunology: Critical review of fellows’ and faculty research presented by the fellow in allergy & immunology or faculty. May include abstracts or posters for annual meetings.
- Allergy & Immunology Grand Rounds: Invited speakers, including community allergists, present allergy & immunology focused topics.
- Multidisciplinary Conference: Allergy & Immunology conference held jointly with the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology. Faculty and fellows present and discuss topics and patients of interest to both groups.