Overview of Program

Allergy & Immunology Fellowship Training


The Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at Boston Medical Center was founded in 1995 to train future Allergy and Immunology academicians, basic and clinical scientists who are well prepared to meet the demands of medical and academic practice as it evolves in the 21st century. The training program is integrated into the teaching and research environment of the Section of Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep and Critical Care Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC) to take advantage of its well-established research programs in immunology and asthma epidemiology, as well as the outstanding opportunities for clinical training afforded by BMC. BMC was formed twenty years ago as a merger of Boston City Hospital and Boston University Medical Center. It is a highly successful hybrid entity combining a tertiary university-based medical center with an urban medical center that delivers care to the underserved populations of Boston. Fellows spend time in various outpatient adult and pediatric venues, as well as the inpatient adult and pediatric inpatient consultation services. Because of important clinical and research overlaps between Pulmonary Medicine and Allergy & Immunology, we feel that the close association of these programs will lead to synergistic approaches to research and to disease management. In fact, several of our trainees have completed training in Pulmonary and Critical Care prior to their Allergy & Immunology training.

The majority of fellows will be expected to spend 2 years completing their Allergy and Immunology training, and there is the opportunity for a third year of concentrated research activity for select individuals. With our recent expansion of clinical faculty and ability to recruit new trainees every year, we have reconfigured our training experience for a more clinically intense first year and a second year with more protected time for scholarly activity. Continuity clinics are done at BMC and include a 2-year continuity experience in Adult Allergy Clinics including procedures and a 1 year rotation in Pediatric Allergy Immunology and Respiratory (AIR) Clinic. First Year fellows also attend a weekly ½ day Allergy Clinic at the West Roxbury Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Inpatient consultations are performed in Adult Allergy & Immunology and Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology throughout clinical training. On average, this leaves 2.5 days a week for research and/or independent scholarly activity in the first 2 years, with that time concentrated in the second year.

At the outset of the first year, fellows will attend a city-wide fellows’ Core Curriculum on basic and clinical aspects of Allergy/Immunology. This is an opportunity for immersion to varied topics in A/I and network with fellows in other Boston A/I programs. Mid-way through Year 1, with the help of the core faculty and an adviser, fellows meet with Pulmonary/Allergy faculty to devise a research project. With the evolving ACGME focus on Fellow training in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CLER), trainees will leverage the ample resources at BMC to initiate and execute a feasible, well circumscribed QI/PS project.

At the end of training, a fellow will be extraordinarily well-prepared to enter the job market in academic medicine, whether as a researcher or clinician educator.

Clinical Allergy Faculty:

  • Frederic Little, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Allergy/Immunology Fellowshiip Program Director
  • David M. Center , MD, Professor of Medicine and Section Chief, Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep, and Critical Care Medicine
  • John Bernardo, MD, Professor of Medicine
  • Robyn Cohen, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Section Chief, Pediatric Pulmonary and Allergy
  • Miren Guenechea-Sola MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Praveen Govender, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Helen Hollingsworth , MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • George O’Connor, MD, Professor of Medicine
  • Tanvi Patel MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
  • David Sloane, MD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School (WRVAMC)