The Allergy and Immunology Fellowship is a three-year program designed to prepare pediatricians for careers in academic pediatric allergy and immunology. The first year is dedicated to clinical training. The second and third years emphasize research training in either the clinical or basic sciences.
- Specific information by years and/or rotations
The first year of training provides the fellow with an intensive experience seeing inpatients and outpatients in consultation with an attending physician. The fellow's inpatient experience includes approximately two to 16 consultations and admissions per week. The strengths of the fellowship program include a balanced overview of both Allergy and Immunology; a strong scientific tradition; and a track record of producing academic faculty.
Elective: Opportunities are available in Pulmonary Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Special Immunology (HIV), Dermatology, Otolaryngology, and other subspecialties. The first year fellow is expected to observe pulmonary function testing (infant testing, exercise challenge, methacholine challenge).
Clinical and research training: The fellow will have two months of a combined Allergy/Immunology inpatient experience. This activity is combined with his or her research experience.
Clinical and research training: The fellow's research continues as the primary objective, alongside educational and clinical activities.
- Conference schedules
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Adult Allergy-Immunology Conference
- Immunology Colloquium
- Pediatric Allergy Conference
- Pediatric Immunology Conference
- Children's Hospital/Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Immunology Text Review Sessions
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Journal Club
- Children's Hospital/Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Asthma Research Conference
- Pediatric HIV Conference
- Adolescent HIV Conference
- Allergy-Gastroenterology Combined Conference
- Research expectations and opportunities
The fellow is guided through research training by the program director, together with a panel of faculty. The fellow will identify a mentor, laboratory and project under the guidance of the faculty research panel. Appropriate mentors may be selected from any school within the University of Pennsylvania or the Wistar Institute. A project is approved and the fellow's progress is reviewed twice a year. The fellow may choose between two different research tracks. There are basic science, translational and clinical research opportunities in Allergy and Immunology. There is also a strong relationship with pediatric and adolescent HIV research, including basic science and the NIH-funded AIDS Clinical Trials Consortium.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has an outstanding Immunology Graduate Group that can provide consultation, collaboration and mentorship of the fellow's project.
Fellowship funding is guaranteed in the 2nd and 3rd years. Competitive grant awards are encouraged.
- How to apply
The three-year fellowship seeks physicians who will have completed two to three years of training in an accredited residency program in order to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examination.
You should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service by going to http://www.aamc.org/eras.
Tobacco-free hiring policy
To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.
Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
- Fellowship Training Program Director