Graduate Medical Education (GME): Allergy and Immunology
Fellowship Program Director: Kelly D. Stone, MD, PhD
Fellowship Associate Program Director: Dean M. Metcalfe, MD
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) offers a three-year, ACGME-accredited training program in allergy and immunology. This program, open to physicians who are well-grounded in clinical internal medicine or pediatrics, is designed to provide trainees with the high-quality clinical and laboratory skills that will enable them to pursue careers in academic medicine. The core of this clinical fellowship program is the effort devoted to research training and performance of original basic, translational, and/or clinical research. Fellows work under the direct supervision and mentorship of senior NIAID investigators. The goal of the research training is to provide a productive experience leading to the development of successful independent investigators.
The majority of the first year of training is dedicated to clinical activities, with intensive exposure to the broad spectrum of allergic and immunologic diseases in children and adults. In the second year, fellows are engaged in both clinical care (limited continuity clinics and consultation service) and in research. The third year of training is devoted exclusively to research. Fellows have the option, with approval, for a fourth and occasionally a fifth year of research training.
Fellows also work in the laboratory and/or perform clinical research for about ten percent of the time during the first year, 60 percent in the second year, and exclusively in the third year. Allergy and immunology fellows may request to work in any of the laboratories within the intramural NIAID program. Research opportunities involve a wide range of investigations in various aspects of allergy and immunology. These vary from clinical to the most basic aspects of cell and molecular biology.
NIAID Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program
Candidates are selected through the National Residency Matching Program. There are two to four positions available per year. Candidates should apply for the program in the summer via the ERAS system. Applications must contain the following:
- My ERAS application
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Medical school transcript
- Medical student performance evaluation/Dean's letter
- USMLE or COMPLEX transcript
- ECFMG status report (for international medical graduates only)
Applicants must have completed an ACGME-approved residency in internal medicine or pediatrics by the time they enter the program. Interviews are held August 1-November 1.