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Careers in A/I: Training Programs - Pennsylvania


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•    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Program
•    Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Program
•    Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/duPont Hospital for Children Program
•    University of Pennsylvania Health System Program
•    UPMC Medical Education Program


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Program

Address
3501 Civic Center Blvd
Wood Bldg., 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 590-2549
Fax: (215) 590-6849
Email: allergyandimmunology@email.chop.edu
Website: www.chop.edu

Program Director
Jennifer Heimall, MD
Phone: (215) 590-2549
Email: heimallj@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 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.

Trainees Accepted Each Year
2

Duration of Fellowship
3 years

Number of Graduates Last 5 Years and Subsequent Career Choice
10 graduates in the last 5 years, all hold academic positions

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, on request

Special Requirements
Pediatrics

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Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Program

Address
Gisoo Ghaffari
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Department of Medicine, Penn State University
500 University Dr., PO Box 850, C5860-H041
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: (717) 531-6803
Fax: (717) 531-5785
Website: http://residency.med.psu.edu/programs/allergy-asthma-immunology

Program Director
Gisoo Ghaffari, MD FAAAAI
Email: gghaffari@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Associate Program Director
Tracy B. Fausnight, MD
Phone: (717) 531-1846
Email: tfausnight@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Program Coordinator
Nora McGovern
Email: nmcgovern1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Major Goals of Training Program
To train outstanding independent allergists/immunologist for academic and private practice.

Trainees Accepted Each Year
3

Duration of Fellowship
2 years

Number of Graduates Last 5 Years and Subsequent Career Choice
12 – 4 academics, 2 group practices-multi-specialty, 6 allergy practices

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
Pulmonary

Electives for Residents and Students
Pediatric and Medicine Allergy Immunology

Special Requirements
None

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Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/duPont Hospital for Children Program

Address
111 South 11th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (302) 298-7867
Fax: (302) 651-6558
Email: fran.hackett@nemours.org
Website: http://www.nemours.org/education/gme/fellowships/allergy.html

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

Associate Director
Gretchen Harmon, MD
Email: gretchen.harmon@nemours.org

Program Coordinator
Fran Hackett
Email: Fran.Hackett@nemours.org
Phone: (302) 298-7867

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 Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, and 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
2

Duration of Fellowship
2 years

Number of Graduates Last 5 Years and Subsequent Career Choice
11 graduates- 5 in academic medicine and 6 in 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
No

Electives for Residents and Students
Yes

Special Requirements
Board eligible/certified in Pediatrics or Internal Medicine

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University of Pennsylvania Health system Program

Address
c/o Melissa Englehardt, Fellowship Coordinator
3400 Spruce Street
839 West Gates Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-3718
Fax: (215) 614-0869
Email: Olajumoke.fadugba@pennmedicine.upenn.edu
Website: www.pennmedicine.org/allergy-and-immunology-fellowship

Program Director
Olajumoke Fadugba, MD
Phone: (215) 662-2775
Email: Olajumoke.fadugba@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Co-Director
Scott Feldman, MD PhD
Email: scott.feldman@uphs.upenn.edu

Fellowship Coordinator
Melissa Englehardt
Phone: (215) 615-3718
Email: Melissa.englehardt@pennmedicine.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
2-3 years

Number of Graduates Last 5 Years and Subsequent Career Choice
5: 2 to academia, 3 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
No

Electives for Residents and Students
Yes

Special Requirements
Yes, Allergy and Immunology

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UPMC Medical Education Program

Address
Division of Allergy and Immunology 
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
4401 Penn Avenue, AOB-Suite 3300
Pittsburgh, PA  15224
Phone: (412) 692-7885
Fax: (412) 692-8499
Email: allyson.larkin@chp.edu
Website: http://www.chp.edu/health-care-professionals/education/fellowships/allergy

Program Director
Allyson S. Larkin, MD
Phone: (412) 692-7885
Email: allyson.larkin@chp.edu

Associate Program Director
Merritt Fajt, MD
Phone: (412) 692-7885
Email: fajtml@upmc.edu

Program Coordinator
Barbara Persichetti, BS
Phone: (412) 692-7489
Email: barbara.persichetti@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 opportunites 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, 3 academics, 7 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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