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Allergy/Immunology

Program Director's Message

The WUH Allergy and Immunology Training Program (AITP) provides high quality, culturally competent, comprehensive health care services in a teaching and research environment which improves the health and well-being of patients with allergic and immunologic diseases. We offer a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, with a deep commitment to medical education and research.

The AITP at WUH is a conjoint effort between the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. The AITP faculty has special interest and strengths in cutaneous allergy and immunology, drug allergies, clinical immunology, angioedema, autoimmune diseases and vasculitis.

About NYU Winthrop

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to excellence in graduate medical education. An Independent Academic Medical Center located on Long Island, NYU Winthrop’s 600-bed tertiary care hospital sponsors exceptional graduate medical education programs. The institution is proud of its 100+ years of clinical excellence.

In 2015, NYU Winthrop Hospital opened a new, state-of-the-art, 95,000 square-foot Research and Academic Center. The building houses a large auditorium, many conference and classrooms, a new Simulation Center, basic science laboratories, clinical research centers, and the biostatistics department. NYU Winthrop’s inpatient and outpatient facilities offer a full range of patient care experiences. Our dedicated faculty are excellent teachers and mentors.

NYU Winthrop is clearly at the forefront of medicine:

  • NYU Winthrop Hospital was named the 18th best large employer in America by Forbes Magazine in 2017
  • Magnet Recognized Hospital
  • NYU Winthrop Hospital is in the top 5% of U.S. Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as reported by healthgrades
  • Long Island’s first navigator program for cancer care
  • Nationally recognized Children’s Medical Center

Best Regional Hospital in US News and World Report

Program at a Glance

  • Preceptorship with internationally and nationally recognized faculty with a 1.37 faculty to one fellow ratio
  • A comprehensive clinical experience of outpatient and inpatient care with exposure to wide range of allergic, immunologic and rheumatic diseases
  • Dedicated research time consisting of bench and clinical research.
  • Referral center for wide variety of allergic and immune disorders, including urticaria, angioedema, contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, asthma, allergic rhinitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, and various drug allergies
  • Generous house staff benefits, including heavily subsidized housing and complimentary meals

Curriculum

The WUH Allergy & Immunology training program is a 2-year training program designed to qualify subspecialty residents as candidates for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology certification examination, as competent allergists and immunologists and as physician scientists. This fellowship training program is designed to prepare specialists to provide expert medical care for patients with allergic and immunologic disorders. They can serve as consultants, educators and providers of medical care for diseases such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, drug eruption, insect sting sensitivity, anaphylaxis, latex allergy, immunodeficiency, and other immunologic disorders. Fellows attend clinics where they see allergy and immunology, adult and pediatric patients under supervision and assume responsibility for all aspects of patient care.

The fellows will have rotations in the pediatric pulmonary department and the clinical immunology laboratory at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Elective rotations are available in Adult Pulmonary, Rheumatology and ENT.

The didactic program includes Allergy Grand Rounds, Immunology Grand Rounds, Curriculum/ Board Review including core basic science lectures, Journal Club, Research Conference, Pediatric Allergy Case Conference, Adult Allergy Case Conference, and Multi-disciplinary Conference. Clinical and bench research projects are chosen in consultation with the faculty.

First Year

The goal of the first year of fellowship is the development of clinical skills and experience in allergic and immunologic disorders. The first year fellow attends four outpatient clinics per week, under the supervision of an attending physician and one outpatient clinic for allergy and immunology procedures. Each clinic provides exposure to allergic and immunologic disease processes in both adult and pediatric patients. Through these clinics, each fellow will build their own practice of patients, and will be expected to manage their care under the supervision of an attending. Inpatient experience is provided through the management of a busy and intellectually stimulating inpatient consultation service. Each fellow must maintain a patient log to document clinical care experiences procedural skills. During the first year, the fellow is expected to develop a major project in either basic science, translational, or clinical research so that it may be expanded and advanced during the second year. The first year fellow has the opportunity to rotate through Pediatric Pulmonary. 

Second Year

The second year of the fellowship allows for continued, though more limited, clinical experience. He or she will continue to develop clinical skills through outpatient clinics and inpatient consults, though less time is spent in these activities in comparison to first year. Emphasis on research, either in basic science or clinical, is stressed during this year. The goal is focused on attaining data for scientific publication and presentation at a national meeting. The second year fellow rotates in the clinical immunology laboratory.

Rotations in Months

  PGY 4 PGY 5
% Time in research 20% 30%
% Time in patient care 55% 45%
% Time in other activities (didactics, conferences, etc) 25% 24%

Key Faculty

  • Luz M. Fonacier, MD, Section Head, Allergy, Training Program Director, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Professor of Clinical Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine. Research interests: Clinical and Immunologic Aspects of Allergic Dermatologic Diseases including Contact Dermatitis , Urticaria and Atopic Dermatitis
  • Mark Davis-Lorton, MD, Coordinator, Clinical Immunology. Assistant Professor Clinical Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine. Research interests: Angioedema, Immunodeficiency Disorders
  • Marcella Aquino, MD, Coordinator Drug Allergy, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Research interests: Drug Reactions

Diversity

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s graduate medical education programs create an atmosphere in which cultural and ethnic differences among patients, staff, and house staff are recognized, respected, understood and embraced. Residents participate in the care of a diverse group of patients and have the opportunity to work with colleagues from varied backgrounds. NYU Winthrop aims to bring the best residents, fellows and faculty from all ethnic, racial and gender groups to learn and care for patients in this diverse environment.

Program Benefits

House Staff Benefits

Housing

Housing accommodations, at heavily subsidized rates, are available in apartment buildings and residential homes within close proximity to the NYU Winthrop Hospital campus. If a member of the house staff requests NYU Winthrop housing and it cannot be provided, a live-off allowance may be provided.

Salary

Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan region. Tax deferred annuity is available.

2018-2019 Annual Salary
PGY 1 $66,259
PGY 2 $69,123
PGY 3 $72,108
PGY 4 $75,034
PGY 5 $77,958
PGY 6 $80,883
PGY 7 $83,808
PGY 8 $86,745

Meals

Residents and fellows are provided with three complimentary meals per day, seven days per week, in NYU Winthrop’s full service cafeteria (up to $4.00 for breakfast, $5.40 for lunch and dinner).

House Staff Lounge

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s new house staff lounge is accessible 24/7. The spacious and comfortable lounge is equipped with computers, wifi, television, foosball table, lockers, lounge chairs, as well as coffee and tea.

Vacation

NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows receive four weeks of vacation (20 working days) within each contract year.

Conference Time

PGY 1 level residents are eligible to attend one local conference (New York Metropolitan Area), at the discretion of the Program Director.  House staff at the PGY 2 level and above are eligible for one trip, maximum of five consecutive weekdays, to an approved professional conference in the continental United States each year, at the discretion of the Program Director.

Educational Allowance

Reimbursement for allowable educational expenses is available up to a maximum of $75 for PGY 1 residents and $700 for PGY2 and higher residents and subspecialty fellows.

TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program

The TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program is available. This program allows the resident/fellow to deduct pre-tax money to pay for mass transit or commuter parking (up to a predefined maximum).

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Free parking while on duty
  • Prescription medications in the Hospital formulary…free to residents and at cost for eligible dependents
  • Paid sick leave
  • Free laundry service for lab coats and other hospital uniforms
  • Health club membership reimbursement…up to $100 per academic year
  • An “Arts and Humanities” series… complementing your medical education with exposure to music, literature, history and fine arts
  • Graduation dinner gala

Insurance Benefits

Medical and Dental Coverage

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to providing residents with a comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include generous medical, pharmaceutical, and dental coverage, as well as flexible spending accounts. Benefits are effective from the first day of residency/fellowship.

Disability Insurance

Residents/fellows are covered by short-term, non-occupational disability insurance (up to six months). To be eligible for disability insurance benefits, one must be on the payroll for a minimum of twenty (20) work days (four consecutive weeks) and unable to work for more than seven (7) calendar days, due an injury or illness that does not arise out of, and in the course of, employment. These benefits, which supplement lost income, are based on salary level and are payable for up to 26 weeks after the employees accrued sick time has been used.

The long term disability benefit begins after six months of short term disability. It pays a monthly benefit for an extended illness or injury. The monthly benefit is offset by benefits from other sources, such as Workers Compensation and Social Security.

Workers Compensation

House staff receive compensation, in accordance with the Workers Compensation Law, for any illness or injury which is job related. Benefits include payment for medical expenses and lost pay.

Family and Medical Leave

In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, NYU Winthrop Hospital will grant residents/fellows unpaid leave(s) for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period.  To be eligible, one must have worked 12 months at the Hospital and a minimum of 1250 hours in the twelve-month period prior to the start date of the requested leave.  FMLA leave may be granted for the birth, adoption or acceptance for foster care of a child; for the care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition; or for the employee’s own serious illness.

Residents/fellows may to return to their training program after a leave of absence, without loss of training status, if their leave does not exceed that allowed by the specialty boards.

Professional Liability Insurance

NYU Winthrop’s residents/fellows are provided with professional liability coverage for the duration of their training through the Hospital’s self-insurance program.  Coverage provides legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed after the completion of graduate medical education if the alleged acts are within the scope of the education program.

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance is provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow. This benefit equals 1 X the resident/fellow’s annual salary payable to the beneficiary. Residents/fellows may purchase additional voluntary life insurance up to 3X their annual salary (combined basic and voluntary may not exceed $500,000).

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow.

Retirement Plan

A Defined Contribution 403(b) Plan is available for voluntary pre-tax/after-tax contribution.       

Employee Health Services

NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows are provided with pre-employment physicals, annual health assessments, and Tuberculosis screenings, as well as vaccines and required health surveillance free of charge through the hospital’s Employee Health Service. In addition, if a member of the house staff becomes ill while at work, he or she will be seen at no charge by an Employee Health practitioner, or by the Emergency Room staff if the Employee Health Service practitioner is not available.

Counseling Services

Free assessment, referral and brief psychotherapy services are available on a confidential basis to members of the House Staff and their immediate families.

Employee Assistance Program & Work/Life Assistance Program

This resource is available to residents/fellows and their family members to assist with:

  • Areas of assistance include: psychological, child care, elder care, daily living, legal/financial, and work-related
  • Confidential
  • No Cost
  • 24/7
  • Managing work/life dilemmas at a personal level
  • Overcoming emotional hurdles
  • Getting performance back on track
  • Immediate crisis response capability

Living on Long Island

The longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island stretches over 100 miles from New York City to Montauk Point. A celebrated summer vacation spot, Long Island offers seasonal beauty, professional sports events, art museums and galleries, and fabulous cuisine. Eastern Long Island has gained fame as for its vineyards, and is home to almost 20 wineries. From NYU Winthrop it is a short trip to Manhattan, where you can enjoy world class dining, museums, and endless cultural opportunities. From scenic Atlantic Ocean beaches to Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk Point, Long Island has something for everyone.

Convenient access to NY City is available by Long Island Railroad located directly adjacent to NYU Winthrop Hospital. Residents and fellows take advantage of the opportunity enjoy the myriad of cultural, social, and professional activities in New York City. Additionally, NYU Winthrop's location in central Nassau County allows easy access to spectacular beaches.

The village of Mineola is a wonderful place to live and work. Mineola affords one the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Long Island lifestyle, while living only 30 minutes away (via LIRR) from the attractions of NYC.

The close vicinity of the hospital, where most of the resident housing is located, is an excellent location for both families and single residents. Aside from a LIRR station leading directly into NYC, the area is surrounded by a quiet residential neighborhood and a large park with sports facilities, open fields, and a local library. The Roosevelt field mall, one of the largest retail centers on Long Island, is located less than a mile away from the hospital along with a large conglomerate of brand name stores and services.

You can also enjoy the wonderful things that Long Island itself has to offer You will find that living in Mineola is a sound choice from the economic perspective. While residents living in large cities incur significant living expenses, Mineola is very affordable.

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Application Process

Applicants should apply one year prior to the start of fellowship. All applications will be processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please access the ERAS Web site at www.aamc.org/eras to for more detailed information.

The following materials are required for application. As programs begin downloading information starting July of the application year, it is in the applicant’s best interest to have all materials uploaded in a timely manner.

  • Medical school transcript
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement describing research interest and career goals
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3 scores

How to Apply for Medical Students and Resident Rotations

Student Rotations

  1. U.S. Medical students
  2. International Medical students
  3. Podiatry Students

Resident and fellow Rotations

Residents and fellows can apply for a rotation with any department by contacting the academic coordinator for that program via email with a copy of your CV and the dates you are requesting for your rotation.

The department will review your CV and let you know if there are any rotation spots available for the time requested. If you are approved for the rotation the Office of Academic Affairs will contact you with the necessary paperwork.