Allergy and Immunology
The Division offers one Allergy and Immunology Fellowship position every year to board eligible internists and pediatricians who wish to subspecialize in Allergy and Immunology. This is a minimum two-year program designed to meet the needs and interests of individuals preparing for a career as a member of a medical school faculty, qualified to teach and/or conduct research, or practicing allergist and immunologist. The first year offers a wide and closely mentored experience in the diagnosis and management of adult and pediatric patients with diverse allergy symptoms and asthma. The second year is devoted to some aspect of laboratory-based or clinical investigation selected by the fellow in consultation with an advisor.
This program achieved a full 5 year accreditation with ZERO citations in the last ACGME review in February 2009. The physician faculty to fellow ratio is 7:1. Forty percent of the graduates in the last 10 years have current academic appointments. This program (last 10 fellows) averaged 3.7 publications, and 1.2 manuscripts (excluding abstracts), per fellow during fellowship. The last 10 fellows have been the principal recipients of one Educational Research Trust (i.e. ARTrust) Faculty Development Award, Flight Attendants Medical Research Institute Award, Clinical Innovator Award, 4 research fellowship awards, AAAAI Clinical Fellowship Award, and one K08 during or within one year of completing fellowship.
The program has introduced recently a formalized curriculum in Program Improvement in which the trainee is asked to examine the systems operations of one aspect of the program that they believe could be improved. In addition, each fellow is directly involved in teaching the medical and dental student ‘Introduction to Immunology’ course every year. The Allergy/Immunology fellows serve as preceptors in small group sessions, each paired with an experienced member of the teaching faculty. The curriculum introduces the medical students to case-based discussions, and the fellows have the opportunity to teach fundamental principles of immunology. As a result of these practices, Columbia fellows graduate from the program with a better understanding of the importance of integrating self-assessment and education into their careers no matter what venue they ultimately choose.