Kelly D. Stone, M.D., Ph.D., Program DirectorDean D. Metcalfe, M.D., Associate Program Director
NIAID offers a three-year, ACGME-accredited training program in allergy and immunology. This program, open to physicians who are well-grounded in clinical internal medicine or pediatrics, is designed to provide trainees with the high-quality clinical and laboratory skills that will enable them to pursue careers in academic medicine.
The majority of the first year of training is dedicated to clinical activities, with intensive exposure to the broad spectrum of allergic and immunologic diseases in children and adults. Clinical rotations covering outpatient and inpatient aspects of the specialty are completed at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center (outpatient clinics, inpatient ward, allergy and immunology consultation service, and pulmonary function lab), the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), the Children's National Medical Center, the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Allergy Clinic, and a local practice.
Patients seen at NIH under research protocols have a wide variety of disorders, including allergic diseases, asthma, inherited and acquired immunodeficiencies, mast cell disorders (including mastocytosis), idiopathic eosinophilias, autoimmune diseases, and HIV/AIDS. In addition, fellows in training are the allergy and immunology consultants for the NIH Clinical Center and rotate through the NIH diagnostic immunology laboratory, the pulmonary function laboratory in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the NHLBI adult asthma clinic.
In the second year, fellows are engaged in both clinical care (limited continuity clinics and consultation service) and in research. The third year of training is devoted exclusively to research. Fellows have the option, with approval, for a fourth and occasionally a fifth year of research training.
Fellows also receive broad instruction in allergic and immunologic disorders and attend conferences designed to prepare trainees for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) examination. Conferences include a basic and clinical immunology lecture series, case conferences, journal clubs, and NIAID Grand Rounds. Fellows are generally fully qualified to take the ABAI certification examination after two years in the program.
The core of this clinical fellowship program is the effort devoted to research training and performance of original basic, translational, and/or clinical research. Fellows work under the direct supervision and mentorship of senior NIAID investigators. The research experience is characterized by close daily contact with the preceptor, individual instruction, and continuity during the training period. The goal of the research training is to provide a productive experience leading to the development of successful independent investigators.
Fellows work and/or perform clinical research in the laboratory for about 10 percent of the time during the first year, 60 percent in the second year, and exclusively in the third year. Allergy and Immunology fellows may request to work in any of the laboratories within the intramural NIAID program. Research opportunities involve a wide range of investigations in various aspects of allergy and immunology. These vary from clinical to the most basic aspects of cell and molecular biology. Trainees have pursued research projects in the following areas:
The Allergy and Immunology Clinical Fellowship Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Fellows are eligible to sit for the Board of Allergy and Immunology certification examination after two years.
Candidates are selected through the National Residency Matching Program. There are two to four positions available per year. Candidates should apply for the program in the fall approximately a year and a half prior to entry via the ERAS system.
Applications must contain the following:
Applicants must be on track to complete an ACGME-approved residency in internal medicine or pediatrics at the time they enter the program. Interviews are held between December and April.
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Last Updated October 02, 2012