The Allergy and Immunology Fellowship offered by the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is a multifaceted program designed to train outstanding clinicians and academically oriented clinical and basic investigators. It offers extensive training in adult and pediatric allergy, with exposure to the allied disciplines of rheumatology, otolaryngology, pulmonary medicine and dermatology.
Fellows are exposed to a highly diverse patient population. Regular clinical experiences occur at the UCSD Medical Centers in Hillcrest and La Jolla, at the La Jolla Veterans Affairs Medical Center, at the Kaiser Permanente Allergy Department, at the Children's Hospital Medical Center, and at the Asthma and Allergy Medical Group. Ambulatory rotations are also available at the San Diego Naval Medical Center and at Scripps Clinic. Longitudinal outpatient experience in the allergy and immunology clinics is available at these locations.
There are multiple opportunities available for basic research training in asthma, angioedema, upper airway inflammation including aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease, autoinflammatory syndromes, eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases, human genetics and other immunologic areas. Didactic training in the conduct of clinical research and clinical trials is available through the NIH-funded Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) program, and fellows may elect to pursue individual courses or a Masters in Clinical Research.
Regular teaching exercises include joint programs with Scripps Clinic, Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology journal club, regular research and clinical teaching conferences, and participation in the UCSD Pulmonary Lecture Series and PFT laboratories.
The Program is a minimum of two years in duration, with 12 months of clinical activities and 12 months of scholarly and research activities. A third year is advisable for those desiring an enhanced research experience for those planning an academic career. The partition of time between clinic and laboratory are consistent with the special requirements for training in Allergy and Immunology as set forth by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Fellows are allowed to pick their research areas, which can be done at any institution within in the San Diego area.
All applicants must have successfully completed training in Internal Medicine or Pediatrics (or combined Med-Peds) at the time of entering the program. An exception to this policy is available for those candidates participating in the ABIM or ABPeds research pathways. A combined three-year program in Allergy and Immunology and Rheumatology is also available.
The Program is supported through a NIH sponsored T32 training grant in Allergy and Immunology as well as VA and Kaiser Permanente funds.
To apply for an Allergy and Immunology fellowship, you must apply through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service, a service that transmits residency applications, 3 letters of recommendation, Dean's Letters/MSPE, transcripts, and other supporting credentials from applicants and medical schools to Fellowship, Osteopathic Internship and Residency programs using the Internet.
All applicants will be considered, and those interested in an academic career are particularly encouraged to apply.