The Division of Allergy and Immunology has an active role in the education of fellows in Allergy and Immunology, residents in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, as well as third- and fourth-year medical students.
Because practitioners of allergy and immunology must see patients of all ages, all individuals who complete training with the division must show competency in diagnosing and treating both adults and children.
Fellowship training program
The Allergy and Immunology fellowship training program at Washington University School of Medicine is an ACGME-accredited two-year program with both internal medicine and pediatric tracks. Formal education is offered as a two-year post-doctoral clinical and research program, with an optional third year for those who elect to spend an extra year devoted largely to research.
Trainees learn from faculty in both the internal medicine and pediatric departments.
Under the direction of Dr. H. James Wedner, the program combines the talents of 5 full-time faculty in the division of adult allergy and immunology, 6 full-time faculty in pediatric allergy, immunology and immunodeficiencies and 13 associated clinical faculty. Our associated clinical faculty comprise one of the largest groups of volunteer faculty in the country.
Allergy & Immunology faculty
Pediatric Allergy & Immunology faculty
The fellowship program is a collaborative teaching effort of the internal medicine, pediatric, and associated clinical faculty of Washington University School of Medicine. Close proximity of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital – both located at Washington University Medical Center (WUMC) – allows our fellows to receive seamless and intensive training in broad ranges of both pediatric and adult allergy and immunology diagnoses.
The Jacqueline Maritz Lung Center at the Center for Advanced Medicine on the WUMC campus, along with the Asthma and Allergy Centers in west and south St. Louis County, provide intensive, hands-on clinical settings where fellows learn to evaluate and treat patients who have a broad range of allergic and immunologic diseases.
All three locations have pulmonary function testing (PFT) labs.
Additionally, the Asthma and Allergy Center offers clinics in allergy and immunology, an infusion center and a clinical research center. Fellows see patients and participate in other activities here several days per week. The center also has its own rhinolaryngoscopy suite, which offers on-site training opportunities Fellows also see pediatric allergy patients at the west St. Louis County pediatric allergy clinic, located on the same campus as the Asthma and Allergy Center.
Currently, two internal medicine and one pediatric fellowship position are offered each academic year. Although the residency program is combined, the selection process is separate for Internal Medicine and Pediatric fellowship positions.
Residents who are trained in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics may apply to both programs. The fellowship program participates in the ERAS/NRMP match program and applications are accepted to fill positions for the following year.
Residents who have completed three years of training in internal medicine, pediatrics or “med/peds” are eligible to apply.
Physician scientist training program (PSTP) trainees in either discipline may apply to the program after two years of training (short-track) and remain in the program for 3 years.
Requirements to apply for the fellowship program include:
- Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) application
- Personal statement
- Medical school transcripts
- USMLE Scores
- Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation (one being from the current chief of service)
- Milestones assessments (if available)
In addition to our fellowship program, the division also provides 2 and 4-week rotations for residents in Internal Medicine.
These rotations, which include both outpatient clinics and inpatients consultations, are designed to give the resident a basic overview of the practice of allergy and immunology. This is an extremely popular rotation. A similar one is available for fourth-year medical students.
We also offer several elective rotations varying from 4 to 8 weeks. These rotations are designed to allow medical students to participate in an ongoing research project. However, students may elect to design their own project and to pursue this project under the mentorship of a faculty member.
The Division has a number of basic immunology and clinical allergy and immunology conferences.
Allergy grand rounds are held weekly by both the adult and pediatric division of the training program. These sessions deal with common clinical problems in allergy and clinical immunology, research in allergy and clinical immunology as well as topics in basic immunology and immunopathology.
During the academic year, one of the weekly internal medicine grand round is devoted to “asthma topics” and is held in collaboration with the pulmonary division.
Four times each year, an evening “Allergy Clinical Forum” is held. This meeting is required for clinical re-certification by the members of the clinical faculty and is an opportunity for the fellows to interact with our clinical faculty informally.
- Didactic teaching is offered in several series of lectures.
- Introduction to the Practice of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Allergy 101)
- Fellows’ Conference
- Immunology Conference
- Pediatric Conference
- Journal Club
- Clinical Forums
- Allergy Grand Rounds