For Specialists | Allergy and Immunology

Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program structure

Graduates of this ACGME-certified Fellowship Training Program will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

First year of clinical training in ambulatory and inpatient allergy, immunology and rheumatology

Fellows rotate on the inpatient and consulting services of each program: They perform the primary evaluation and formulate diagnostic and treatment plans for presentation to the attending at daily rounds. They work closely with Boston Children’s Hospital residents in caring for patients admitted to our service.

Fellows are exposed to a wide range of common and rare immunologic and allergic disorders. We admit patients from around the globe and coordinate care with a number of other subspecialty services in the Hospital.

Fellows interact with a large and highly expert faculty (more than 20 attending physicians) with a diverse range of special interests. All are experienced mentors and many internationally recognized as experts in their clinical niches. They are very willing to help trainees with research projects and provide career advice.

The Service admits about 100 patients per year and consults on about 300.

Fellows spend three half days per week in ambulatory clinics where they see patients with a broad range of allergic and immunologic disorders and present them to the clinic attending. They are trained in techniques of skin testing, allergen immunotherapy, drug desensitization and joint aspiration.

Each week, the fellows spend one day at the Adult Allergy Clinic at Brigham and Women's Hospital and obtain additional exposure to adult patients in our own ambulatory clinics.

Fellows participate in clinical studies often leading to publication or meeting presentation.

There is a strong formal program of didactic teaching. New fellows, along with their peers in the other Boston A&I programs are enrolled in a week-long overview course of basic and clinical allergy and immunology. During the year, fellows attend weekly hour-long interactive lectures in “Immunology School,” learning basic concepts of immunology and their clinical application, using an immunology textbook and a case-studies collection as learning guides. There is a weekly conference series covering basic clinical topics in allergy and a second weekly conference focused on clinical immunology.

First year fellows meet regularly with program leaders throughout the year to strategize regarding research plans and mentor connections for the second and third year.

There is an annual retreat with faculty to discuss fellowship issues. The senior faculty are always available to trainees on an ad hoc basis to discuss any concerns.

Second- and third-year fellows: Mentored research in a basic science laboratory or clinical research program 

Our goal is to give trainees an intensive laboratory or clinical research experience and to instill the intellectual and technical skills necessary for an independent career as a clinician investigator. First-year fellows meet with faculty and attend research conferences in preparation for selection of a research project and mentor.

Once in the lab or clinical research group, fellows will be closely supervised in weekly small group lab meetings. Eligible fellows are assigned to our NIH T32 training grant. Trainees will be exposed to experimental/study design, techniques and data presentation. Lab fellows acquire specific skills in cellular, biochemical and molecular genetic techniques.

Trainees meet in an annual retreat with faculty to review research progress and plans and to get feedback and advice. Fellows in this program have an unmatched opportunity for interaction with many top tier immunology labs and clinical immunology groups in the immediate neighborhood.

Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program application process

The Allergy/Immunology Fellowship Program is using ERAS for applications. Please go to the ERAS site at www.aamc.org/eras for details and application. Even though we will be using ERAS, please separately email your CV to Hans Oettgen, MD, PhD.

Foreign citizens must comply with the United States Immigration Laws, and foreign medical graduates should contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for details concerning their requirements at: 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Phone: 215-386-5900.