The first year of the fellowship program emphasizes the development of clinical skills and experience, while providing an introduction to laboratory skills. Over the course of the program, fellows typically attend five separate clinics, including adult and pediatric allergy and primary immunodeficiency clinics, under the supervision of an attending physician. To ensure that fellowship training includes care for a socioeconomically diverse population in the outpatient setting, fellows will rotate through the Faculty Practice Associates as part of their required educational experience. They will also have the opportunity to participate in clinical electives in relevant subspecialties, based on the career goals of the specific fellow.
First-Year Fellowship Responsibilities
The first-year fellows share management of the inpatient consultation service under the supervision of an attending. Each fellow must maintain a patient log to document clinical care experiences. During the first year, the fellow is expected to become involved in several small mentored research projects in order to develop laboratory skills and basic science exposure so that a major project in either basic science, translational, or clinical research can be identified and expanded prior to transitioning into the second year of fellowship.
Second-and Third-Year Fellowship Responsibilities
The second and third year of the fellowship program includes continued but limited clinic responsibilities in order to provide the opportunity to further expand each fellow's research project. The goal is focused on attaining data for scientific publication and presentation at a national meeting. Fellows will also have the option to attend additional clinical electives.
It is expected that an extensive research project spanning the second and third years will be developed. The program schedule throughout the three years of training may be adjusted based on the nature of each individual's research project to ensure maximum involvement.