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GME : Fellowship : Allergy and Immunology Training Program (AITP)


Allergy Fellowship





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, clinical immunology, angioedema, autoimmune diseases and vasculitis.




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At-A-Glance

  • Preceptorship with internationally and nationally recognized faculty with a 1.5 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


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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 immunology laboratory at Winthrop University Hospital. Elective rotations are available in Adult Pulmonary, Rheumatology, Adult Infectious Disease and Pediatric Infectious Disease.

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. 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. 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.

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. Fellows will also have the opportunity to rotate through electives in pediatric pulmonary, adult or pediatric infectious disease, and the immunology laboratory.


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Rotations in Months

 

PGY 4

PGY 5

% Time in research

10%  (4 hrs/wk)

40% (16 hrs/wk)

% Time in patient care

75% (30 hrs/wk)

35% (14 hrs/wk)

% Time in other activities (didactics, conferences, etc)

15% (6 hrs/wk)

25% (10 hrs/wk)



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Application Process

Applicants should apply two years 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 December 1st, 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




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Key Faculty

  • Luz M. Fonacier, MD, Section Head, Allergy, Training Program Director, Winthrop University 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, Clinical Instructor of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine. Research interests: Drug Reactions

For further information, contact:

Eileen Pio, Program Coordinator
Winthrop-University Hospital
120 Mineola Blvd Suite 410
Mineola, NY 11501

Tel: (516) 663-2097
Fax: (516) 663-2946
E-mail: epio@winthrop.org

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