Allergy and Immunology
Program Start Date
Length of Program
Number of Positions Available
1 per year
Yesim Demirdag, MD
Interim Program Director
The Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and Columbia University is a 24-month training program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The fellowship offers one position every year and is designed to prepare physicians trained in pediatrics or pediatrics/medicine for a career in allergy and immunology.
Our program aims to provide state-of-the-art clinical training in allergy and immunology by offering an extensive clinical exposure to pediatric and adult patients, and a solid foundation in the principles of basic immunology to understand and manage allergic and immunologic disorders.
The first year is dedicated to a closely mentored experience in the diagnosis and management of pediatric and adult patients with diverse allergic conditions and immunodeficiencies. The second year is devoted to some aspect of laboratory-based or clinical investigation selected by the fellow in consultation with an advisor.
Fellows see outpatients in weekly pediatric and adult allergy and immunology continuity clinics throughout the training period and manage the pediatric and adult inpatient services during the first year. Fellows encounter a wide variety of conditions during their clinic time and on the consultation services for pediatrics and internal medicine, and our faculty provide training in all areas related to allergy and immunology including:
- Evaluating newborns with positive screening for severe combined primary immunodeficiency (SCID) at our SCID Specialty Care Center
- Primary immunodeficiencies
- Food allergies
- Atopic dermatitis and other allergic skin disorders
- Drug reactions
- Eosinophilia and eosinophilic disorders
- Rhinitis, sinusitis, and nasal polyps
- Urticaria and angioedema
- Insect sting hypersensitivity
- Ocular allergy
Fellows also spend time rotating through various clinics including pediatric dermatology, ENT, contact dermatitis clinic, pulmonology clinic, and bone marrow transplantation clinic during their outpatient electives. Additional elective time is available based on the fellow's interest in the second year.
Our fellows participate in a variety of allergy and immunology conferences including:
- Lecture series on topics relevant to allergy and immunology
- Clinical case conferences
- Board review sessions
- Basic immunology book chapter reviews
- Periodic journal clubs
- Pediatric grand rounds
- NEAR (Natural Killer cell Education and Research) laboratory meetings
Our fellows also attend conferences covering pulmonary function test, statistics, and a two-week immunology course. They actively participate and facilitate team based learning sessions and they are expected to teach medical students and house staff.
Toward the end of their first year fellows choose a research track and a mentor. Columbia University Irving Medical Center provides ample clinical and basic scientists who are able and willing to serve as research mentors. Our fellows also have access to translational and epidemiological investigators. In addition, there are opportunities for participating in research projects within the Division of Allergy and Immunology, including in areas such as primary immunodeficiency, asthma, and food allergies.
Fellows focus on their research activities during the second year of the program, and are expected to present their work at a major national or international meeting, and submit a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal. Fellows can additionally take courses in study design and biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health.
Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) offers care to a high volume patient population with the full spectrum of pediatric and adult allergic disorders and primary immunodeficiencies. CUIMC also have the full range of subspecialty services available for consultation and collaboration to meet patient care needs. In addition to clinical care, our faculty are committed and dedicated to education and training of our learners. CUIMC is an internationally recognized leader in the creation of new knowledge and therapies to improve health in individuals and populations. With sponsored research totaling hundreds of millions annually, our faculty pursue research that encompasses all areas of contemporary biomedical investigation and public health.
Residents are employees of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and affiliated with Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Detailed benefits information can be reviewed here.
How to Apply
We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system. Materials are accepted starting in July for fellowship positions beginning the following year. Those who wish to apply must be board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Please note that a completed application includes:
- Completed ERAS forms
- Three letters of recommendation, including one letter from the applicant's department chairman or residency director
- Curriculum vitae
- Personal statement
- Additional information, such as USMLE transcript and photo, are recommended
Acceptances to the fellowship are made through the Pediatric Specialties Fall Match of the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Please refer to the NRMP website for details about the match submission deadline.
Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are equal opportunity employers; applications from women and minorities are encouraged. Please note that Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital do not sponsor H1B visa trainees.