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 lung immunology and asthma epidemiology, as well as the outstanding opportunities for clinical training afforded by BMC. 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. 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, although there is the opportunity for a third year of concentrated research activity. 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. Fellows also attend a weekly ½ day Allergy Clinic at the West Roxbury Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Inpatient consultations are perfromed on the adult Allergy & Immunology and the 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 and 4.5 days a week in the third year, if this option is chosen.

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. Those planning for a three-year fellowship are afforded 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.

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 and Critical Care Medicine
  • John Bernardo, MD, Professor of Medicine
  • Rebecca Breslow, MD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School (WRVAMC)
  • Robyn Cohen, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Praveen Govender, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Helen Hollingsworth , MD, Associate Professor of Medicine
  • George O’Connor, MD, Professor of Medicine
  • David Sloane, MD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School (WRVAMC)
  • Joseph Zhou, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics