Fellowship Program (Allergy)

ALLERGY/IMMUNOLOGY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 

Program Description

 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University offer an ACGME accredited Allergy/Immunology fellowship. This two-year fellowship will prepare physicians for academic and research careers in the field of allergy and clinical immunology. Outpatient clinics are based at Emory Children’s Center, Grady Hospital, the Emory Clinic and Atlanta Asthma and Allergy. Inpatient consultations are done at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and Hughes Spalding. The fellowship training program combines clinical experiences in both adult and pediatric patients throughout the training. Trainees will receive comprehensive education in a complete curriculum encompassing clinical allergy, clinical immunology, basic allergy and immunology sciences, research design and methodology, professionalism, ethics and quality improvement. Our program provides a strong basis for trainees to enter into successful careers in academic allergy and immunology.

 Goals

  •  Graduate physician scientists who will be leaders and generate innovation in the field of allergy and immunology
  •  Graduate physicians who will pursue a career of clinical excellence and help to train the next generation of allergy/immunology specialists

 Objectives

  • Learn the basis of the clinical practice of allergy and immunology
  • Be competent in delivering clinical care and performing procedures in all areas of allergy and immunology
  • Acquire competence in conducting research in allergy and immunology; research may be clinical, basic or translational
  • Write competitive grants and compete for funding
  • Execute research protocols, present findings at national meetings and publish results in excellent peer-reviewed journals
  • Learn the basis for collaborative work with other researchers in related fields

 Program Eligibility

 Applicants are eligible for the program if they meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed (or will complete by July 1st of expected start year) an ACGME-accredited residency program. A complete listing of ACGME-accredited residency programs is available on-line at: www.acgme.org/adspublic/
  • Have passed all components of the U.S. Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE)
  • Have fulfilled the eligibility requirements for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics or the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Are eligible for medical licensure in the state of Georgia.  Refer to website for details: Composite State Board of Medical Examiners.

International applicants must also provide evidence of the following:

  • Certification by the Educational Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Information on ECFMG Certification may be obtained at www.ecfmg.org.
  • Successful completion of the ECFMG English Examination.

The Emory University Allergy/Immunology Fellowship Program will join the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for applications effective for the 2012 interview season. Majority of the accredited and active allergy/immunology fellowship programs in the nation are participating in the match.  Applications can be obtained online through ERAS at www.aamc.org/eras

Curriculum



FIRST YEAR FELLOW:
  • Outpatient Clinic
    Fellows evaluate and follow a variety of new patients while developing a patient panel they will follow during the first and second years. For each new patient consult the fellow has 40 minutes to evaluate the history, physical exam, laboratory studies and develop an assessment and plan. Teaching is a priority and feedback immediate. Outpatient rotations are arranged in Immunology, Allergy, (Pediatrics, Internal Medicine) Dermatology, and Rheumatology, Sleep, and Pulmonology, ENT and BMT.
  • Inpatient Service
    Fellows will spend time on the pulmonology consult and Infectious Disease consult services, as well as perform inpatients consults for Allergy/Immunology. They will perform inpatient rounds, complete consultations, communicate the care plan to the resident and attendings, provide teaching for residents, and ensure all patient care plans are carried out. In addition, fellows are encouraged to follow patients in their outpatient clinics after discharge.
  • Education and Research
    Fellows are required to attend Allergy/Immunology Journal Club, Chest Rounds, and Fellows seminars. In addition there will be regular Allergy Immunology Team Meetings and Morbidity/Mortality conferences during which the fellows present patient histories for discussion. Fellows are also required to attend monthly Immunology conferences and are encouraged to participate in residents lecture series. Extra time is spent reading and meeting with potential research mentors. Fellows will attend a the Fellows Course in Research Fundamentals and the Ethics seminar.
SECOND YEAR FELLOW:

Fellows solidify clinical and team leadership skills. Fellows develop research skills through conducting a project in either basic/translational laboratory investigation or clinical investigation. Each fellow develops a hypothesis-driven research project culminating in publication of a manuscript or grant proposal.
  • Outpatient Clinic
    During one day continuity clinic each week the fellow monitors patient panel collected during year one.
  • Inpatient Service
    Fellows take progressively more responsibility for patient care for inpatient consults; with supervision and teaching of the residents and first year fellow, in consultation with the attending physician.
  • Education and Research
    Basic/Translational Research Track:

    The fellow identifies a mentor and laboratory, and works during the first year to develop a research plan to be implemented in the second year. Laboratory research may be conducted at ECC or CHOA.
  • Education:
    Fellows will attend a 6-week course in teaching in addition to regularly scheduled lectures and conferences.
Conference Schedule


A/I Journal Club-Thursday 7:30-8:30 Required Conference
PACS Research Seminar- Thursday 9:30-10:30 Required during 2nd Year
Case Presentation (Pulm) Wednesday 12-1 Required during 1st Year
COLA Online Lectures Mon/Fri 11-1 Required 4hrs per week
Grand Rounds
    CHOA Wed 7:30-8:30
    Dermatology – Tues 7-8am
    Rheumatology -
    Inf Diseases – Friday 8:30-9:30

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Immunology Research Rounds Required 2hrs. Research month
Chest Rounds - Required Monthly
Allergy Immunology Review Course Required Bi-Weekly 1hr.
Immunology Course – 2nd Wed 12:30-1:30 Required Monthly
Pulmonary Fellows Seminar Required Bi-Weekly
Fellows Seminar (ethics, research) Required Monthly as scheduled


Applications

For eligible applicants interested in the Emory University Allergy/Immunology Fellowship Program, our program participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applicants can apply through ERAS.

To apply for a Fellowship, please complete an application through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). In order to be considered, applicants must have completed an accredited three-year pediatric residency by the beginning of the Fellowship program. A completed application file will include:

Completed application form: (including J1 & H1B)
  1. Current curriculum vitae
  2. Personal statement (The personal statement should include a description of previous research and clinical experience, reason for interest in the Pediatric Fellowship, and an indication of your career goals.)
  3. Three letters of reference. One letter should be from the Director of your Residency Training Program
  4. Final Resident Evaluation / Milestone Evaluation
  5. USMLE Score Reports
  6. Official Medical School Transcript & Diploma
  7. ECFMG Report, if applicable
  8. A recent photograph

Contact

Katherine N. Farmer, MS
Fellowship Program Coordinator
2015 Uppergate Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30322
Main: (404) 727-0903
Fax:     (404) 727-8213
Email:  kathy.farmer@emory.edu