Our program's primary goal is to prepare candidates for careers in allergy and immunology by offering a broad-based experience in clinical medicine and scientific inquiry. The structure of the program consists of one primarily clinical year followed by one or two years mainly devoted to a substantial research project emphasizing a basic science, translational, or clinical subject - with dedicated time for clinical electives. All fellows in our program, regardless of career interests, are expected to present at a national meeting and to publish results from their research activities throughout the duration of fellowship.

Our fellowship is intended to provide a thorough training experience comprising of both clinical and research activities. Ultimately, many fellows develop individualized, more focused areas of clinical or research interest in which they can hone a specific skill set and become productive clinicians and scientific investigators. Graduates from our Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program have gone on to successfully become ABAI board-certified, with careers ranging from private practice to full-time careers in academic medicine.

The Divisions of Clinical Immunology and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, by virtue of being part of a large teaching hospital located in the heart of New York City, are fortunate to offer an abundance of excellent clinical exposure to a wide array of allergic and immunologic disorders. The Mount Sinai Health System has more than 1,000 inpatient beds and several outpatient clinics that present abundant referral opportunities for fellows.

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 as well as providing patient can in the outpatient allergy and immunology practices. 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.

The Fellowship Training Program in Allergy and Immunology has an extensive teaching program including Allergy and Immunology Grand Rounds, Immunology Institute Work in Progress laboratory meetings, Pediatric Allergy laboratory meetings, and Journal Club.

Fellows also meet weekly with the program faculty for tutorials in immunologic basic mechanisms and diseases and the clinical management of allergy, asthma, hypersensitivity, and the primary immunodeficiency diseases.

The Mount Sinai Health System also offers a wealth of additional weekly conferences weekly in all areas of medicine and pediatrics, as well as in all facets of the basic sciences.

Asthma, Allergy, and Hypersensitivity Disease

The Mount Sinai Allergy and Immunology Faculty Practice Associates include a group of allergists and immunologists who diagnose, treat, and manage immune system disorders and diseases. These range from allergic rhinitis (“hay fever”) and asthma, to food allergies, allergies to medications, contact dermatitis, urticaria, as well as undiagnosed symptoms suggesting an immune deficiency disorder.. Fellows will have an opportunity to rotate through the Faculty Practice in their second year of training.    In addition, at the Mount Sinai Ambulatory Care practices fellows will maintain their own continuity panel during their first and second year of training.   

Jaffe Food Allergy Institute

The mission of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, led by Hugh Sampson, MD, is to provide comprehensive patient care, expand and improve basic science and clinical research, and lead educational efforts in the field of food allergy. Fellows are involved in the clinical and research opportunities of the Institute in all years of their fellowship training. Fellows are an integral part of the multi-disciplinary teams providing care for patients, and they get unique exposure to basic, clinical, and translational research in food allergy.  

Primary Immunodeficiency

The Division of Clinical Immunology has strong experience in immunodeficiency disorders with a large referral population from the Northeast and across the country. It consists of both adult and pediatric patients referred to our primary immunodeficiency program and is supervised by Charlotte Cunningham-Rundles, MD, PhD. Patients with previously diagnosed or still undiagnosed immunodeficiency diseases are evaluated using standard and research-based testing, and appropriate treatment is arranged. For patients with B cell defects, intravenous immunoglobulin treatment is administered at the Mount Sinai Therapeutic Infusion Center, providing fellows experience in this, and other advanced biologic therapies for both adults and children.

There are two primary continuity clinics, the Adult Allergy and the Pediatric Allergy Clinic. Both are staffed by full-time Mount Sinai attendings and volunteer clinical faculty. Additional clinical experience is gained at private offices of the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice, and at outside offices of our volunteer clinical faculty. The Jaffe Food Allergy Program in the Faculty Practice is the main site for both clinical and research experiences in food allergy. The Primary Immune Deficiencies clinic also in Faculty Practice is where fellows see a wide range of primary immune deficiencies. 

Icahn School of Medicine Immunology Institute
Established at Icahn School of Medicine to foster collaboration between faculty members in multiple disciplines and departments who conduct research in immunology, allergy, inflammation, and transplantation and to enhance research collaborations, education, and clinical translation of basic research in immune mediated diseases, exploring and dissecting disease pathways with the intention of developing novel therapeutic approaches.

Immunology Institute

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI)

Food Allergy Resource & Education (FARE)

The Jaffe Food Allergy Institute
Established by the Jaffe Family Foundation at the Icahn School of Medicine to conduct basic science and clinical research, and provide education and comprehensive clinical care in the area of food allergy.

The American Association of Immunologists
Professional organization of immunologists that promotes the advancement of knowledge of immunology.

US Immunodeficiency Network
Research consortium established to promote research in primary immunodeficiencies.

Clinical Immunology Society
Professional organization that supports education, translational and clinical research and patient care in the area of immunologic and inflammatory disorders.

Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies
Association to facilitate collaborative efforts between specialty societies with an interest or application in clinical immunology.

Immune Deficiency Foundation
National non-profit organization established to improve diagnosis and treatment of primary immunodeficiencies.

European Society for Immunodeficiencies
Non-profit organization established to promote research and dissemination of knowledge of primary immunodeficiencies.