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 located within the Pulmonary Center at Boston Medical Center (BMC) to take advantage of its well-established research programs in lung immunology and asthma epidemiology, as well as the outstanding opportunities for clinical training afforded by BMC. 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. To date, all of our trainees have completed training in Pulmonary and Critical Care prior to their Allergy & Immunology training.BMC was formed ten 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. In addition, fellows who have not previously done Pulmonary training will do a rotation on the pulmonary inpatient consultation service.
The majority of fellows will be expected to spend 3 years completing their Allergy and Immunology training, although it is possible to complete the program requirements in 2 years. Continuity clinics are done at BMC and include a 2-year rotation in adult Allergy Clinic (3 sessions/week of clinic and 1 session/week of procedures) and 1 year rotations in Pediatric Allergy Immunology and Respiratory (AIR) Clinic and Adult Asthma Clinic. Inpatient consultations are on the adult Allergy & Immunology service the first year and the Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology service the second year. On average, this leaves 2.5 days a week for research in the first 2 years and 4 days a week in the third year.
Early in the first year, with the help of the core faculty and an adviser, fellows will take an introductory course in laboratory techniques and experimental design. During the course, fellows will meet with individual faculty members to learn about ongoing research venues and identify a research mentor. The research fellowship is based on a three-year fellowship and affords time for graduate school courses in basic science disciplines or public heath. At the end of three years, a fellow will be extraordinarily well-prepared to enter the job market in academic medicine, to set up her or his own laboratory, and to compete successfully for research funding.
- David M. Center , MD, Professor of Medicine and Section Chief, Pulmonary Allergy and Critical Care Program Director, Allergy/Immunology Fellowship Training Program
- Boris Balson, MD, Pediatric Allergy Clinic
- John Bernardo, MD, Professor of Medicine
- Helen Hollingsworth , MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
- Frederic Little, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
- George O’Connor, MD, Professor of Medicine
- Jussi Saukkonen, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
- Suzanne Steinbach, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics