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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Program

Address
Division of Allergy and Immunology
c/o Robin Cassidy
3550 Market Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 590-1997
Fax: (215) 590-6849
Email: allergyandimmunology@email.chop.edu
Website: chop.edu

Program Director
James Corry, MD
Phone: (215) 590-1997
Email: allergyandimmunology@email.chop.edu

Program Coordinator
Robin Cassidy
Phone: (215) 590-1997
Email: cassidy@email.chop.edu

Major Goals of Training Program
The overall goal for the Training Program in Allergy and Immunology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is to train pediatricians for a career in academic pediatric allergy-immunology while also preparing them to become leaders in this subspecialty. To achieve this, our program will:  

1. Train fellows to become expert in the care of children and adults with allergic disorders, immunodeficiency, and immunologically mediated disorders;
2. Provide trainees with a research experience which will prepare them for the next phase of their research career development;
3. Develop the interpersonal and communication skills required to become an effective teacher and clinician;
4. Provide experience that will prepare fellows for long-term professional development of their practice competencies and administrative abilities related to an academic career.
5. Foster professionalism;
6. Develop life-long learning and self-improvement skills;
7. Acquire resource identification skills.

Trainees Accepted Each Year
1 - 2

Duration of Fellowship
3 years

Number of Graduates Last 5 Years and Subsequent Career Choice
7, private practice with hospital affiliations

Application Deadline
Please refer to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) website for fellowship match information in regards to the fellowship timeline, application deadlines and additional important dates.

Joint Residency (Fellowship) Availability
No

Electives for Residents and Students
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).

Special Requirements
Two to three years of training in an accredited residency program in order to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examination.

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Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Program

Address
Timothy Craig
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Department of Medicine, Penn State University
500 University Drive, Box H041
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: (717) 531-6525
Fax: (717) 531-5785
Email: tcraig@psu.edu

Program Director
Timothy Craig, DO
Phone: (717) 531-6525
Email: tcraig@psu.edu

Program Coordinator
Renee Morton
Phone: (717) 531-6525
Email: rmorton@hmc.pcu.edu

Major Goals of Training Program
The aim of our program is to train high quality clinicians with a firm background in clinical research. We wish to attract applicants from those with a research background and with the urge to enter academics or perform clinical research in addition to practicing Allergy and Immunology. Our medical center is safe and located in a beautiful rural setting. Despite being located in a rural setting the arts, music, entertainment and access to large metro centers are available. Our faculty is varied and we encourage diversity. The stress will be on case based and problem based learning instead of straight didactic; however traditional didactics will be used as a learning tool as well. Pediatric and Adult training are both stressed and competency in both is necessary for graduation. Our belief is that education should be challenging, exciting and fun.

Trainees Accepted Each Year
2-3

Duration of Fellowship
2 to 3 years

Number of Graduates Last 5 Years and Subsequent Career Choice
19 with 100% ABAI pass

Application Deadline
Please refer to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) website for fellowship match information in regards to the fellowship timeline, application deadlines and additional important dates.

Electives for Residents and Students
Pulmonary Function, Dermatology, Otolaryngology, HIV, ID, Rheumatology, Clinical Research, Pulmonary, ICU-Pediatric, ICU- Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis, Transplant, Laboratory, Respiratory, Bio Statistics, Sleep, Immunology

Special Requirements
Research experience is desirable.

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Thomas Jefferson University Program

Address
Thomas Jefferson University
Allergy/Immunology Department
833 Chestnut St. East
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5541
Phone: (302) 651-4343
Fax: (302) 651-6558

Program Director
Magee DeFelice, MD
Email: mdefelic@nemours.org

Major Goals of Training Program
The Thomas Jefferson University Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program stimulates critical thinking and prepares fellows-in-training with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue careers as specialists in the field. Based at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, the program offers balanced clinical and research experiences in pediatric and adult allergy, asthma, and immunology. During the two years, you will rotate monthly among four core rotations designed to provide you with the tools to launch your career in allergy and immunology. If desired, there are also opportunities to participate in related clinical rotations such as otolaryngology, pulmonology, dermatology, infectious disease, and rheumatology. Rotation locations include Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and outpatient clinics in both Philadelphia and Wilmington. You will play an active role in educating and training pediatric residents and will supervise medical students from Jefferson Medical College and other medical schools.

At the completion of this two-year program, our fellows are very well prepared for a career in either academic medicine or private practice. You will have the opportunity to perform food allergy testing and challenges, drug allergy testing, challenges and desensitizations, pollen counting, allergen immunotherapy prescription writing, and rhinolaryngoscopy. In addition, we are currently the only referral center in the state of Delaware for newborn SCID screening. Our trainees are also provided with the knowledge base to excel on the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) exam, as evidenced by the ongoing success of our graduated fellows on this test.

We believe in the value of significant and meaningful research as a key component in fellowship training. Throughout your training, you will be engaged in cutting edge research in allergy and immunology. The faculty is motivated and supportive of the fellows’ research and has ongoing projects that encompass many aspects of the field. We will also tailor your fellowship research to include subject matter that may be of particular interest to you. Following an early and thorough review of research design, methodologies, biostatistics, and related topics, you’ll be encouraged and well supported in your own efforts in basic science, translational, and clinical research.

Trainees Accepted Each Year
Average 2 per year

Duration of Fellowship
2 years

Number of Graduates Last 5 Years and Subsequent Career Choice
9 have gone into private practice and 1 is in academic medicine

Application Deadline
Please refer to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) website for fellowship match information in regards to the fellowship timeline, application deadlines and additional important dates.

Joint Residency (Fellowship) Availability
No

Electives for Residents and Students
Yes

Special Requirements
Board eligible/certified in Pediatrics or Internal Medicine

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University of Pennsylvania Program

Address
c/o Melissa Zajdel, Fellowship Coordinator
3400 Spruce Street
829 West Gates Bldg
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 349-5120
Fax: (215) 614-0869
Email: Andrea.apter@uphs.upenn.edu
Website: pennmedicine.org/allergy-immunology

Program Director
Andrea Apter, MD, MSc, MA
Phone: (215) 349-5120
Email: Andrea.apter@uphs.upenn.edu

Associate Director  
Mildred Kwan, MD, PhD
Phone: (610) 576-7700
Email: Mildred.kwan@uphs.upenn.edu

Fellowship Coordinator
Melissa Zajdel
Phone: (215) 615-3718
Email: Melissa.Zajdel@uphs.upenn.edu   

Senior Education Coordinator
Lou Ann Pizzo
Phone: (215) 614-0871
Email: pizzol@uphs.upenn.edu 

Major Goals of Training Program
The Allergy and Immunology Section of the Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division, an academic component of the nation's first medical school, is committed to advancing medicine by setting the highest standards for professional education, biomedical research and individualized approach for patient care within our discipline.

We are lifelong students and teachers of Allergy and Immunology dedicated to:
• Developing physician leaders for academic and clinical medicine;
• Advancing the frontiers of medicine through basic and clinical research and by developing new strategies for the prevention, detection and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases;
• Caring for patients as a multidisciplinary team of professionals who apply the latest scientific and medical advances with competence, compassion and humility.

Trainees Accepted Each Year
1

Duration of Fellowship
2 years

Number of Graduates Last 5 Years and Subsequent Career Choice
5: 1 to academia, 4 to private practice

Application Deadline
Please refer to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) website for fellowship match information in regards to the fellowship timeline, application deadlines and additional important dates.

Joint Residency (Fellowship) Availability
Yes

Electives for Residents and Students
Yes

Special Requirements
Yes, Allergy and Immunology

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UPMC Medical Education Program

Address
Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy & Immunology Fellowship Program
c/o Barbara Persichetti, Program Coordinator
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
One Children's Hospital Drive
4401 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Email: Barbara.persichetti@chp.edu

Program Director
Todd D Green, MD
Phone: (412) 692-7885
Email: todd.green@chp.edu

Major Goals of Training Program
The main goal of the program is to provide a broad training experience that prepares physicians to enter academics as either clinician/educators or researchers. The program is based at the only pediatric hospital in the region, and consequently trainees are exposed to a wide range of both allergic and immunologic disease states in children. The adult experience is obtained at the University Hospital which also provides a wide variety of clinical cases in adult patients. One of the strengths of the program is that there is a broad clinical experience in pediatric and adult clinical care, inpatient and outpatient cases, and both allergic and immunologic disease states. The research experience is obtained in NIH funded laboratories. Laboratory opportunities exist throughout the university. Each fellow has a mentoring committee to facilitate the selection and progress of research projects. The goal is to both present a research project at a national meeting and to prepare a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal by the completion of the training period. There is an extensive educational curriculum that includes four conferences per week for the fellows.

The University of Pittsburgh is a consistent leader in NIH funding, and fellows gain valuable research experience under the direction of internationally recognized mentors and a myriad of outstanding opportunities. The research program is able to position fellows to embark upon careers in academic medicine. Fellows learn from division faculty members who offer world-leading expertise in genetics, epidemiology, cellular and molecular biology, and clinical trials relating to allergic diseases and asthma.

Trainees Accepted Each Year
2 (1 pediatrician, 1 internist)

Duration of Fellowship
2-3 years

Number of Graduates Last 5 Years and Subsequent Career Choice
10 graduates, 4 academics, 6 private practice

Application Deadline
Please refer to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) website for fellowship match information in regards to the fellowship timeline, application deadlines and additional important dates.

Joint Residency (Fellowship) Availability
None

Electives for Residents and Students
Yes

Special Requirements
ABP or ABIM eligibility

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