The Division of Basic and Clinical Immunology at UC Irvine's School of Medicine offers one of the most competitive and comprehensive training programs in the United States.
Fellows, residents and medical students have ample opportunities to participate in clinical activities as well as laboratory research in cellular and molecular immunology. The division also organizes regular lectures and seminars by well-respected physicians and scientists.
We accommodate up to three fellows in our two-year Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We are committed to training outstanding allergist/immunologists who are prepared for the rigors and challenges of any of the career paths in the field of allergy and immunology.
At the core of our fellowship program is a way of looking at the world, one that emphasizes critical thinking about problems, acting in a professional manner and communicating with colleagues and patients. Specifically, our fellows must attain competence in the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the allergist/immunologist.
The first year of the fellowship is focused on teaching and evaluating core clinical skills in communication, history taking, physical examinations, decision making and evidence-based medicine in the subspecialty of allergy and immunology. This is achieved through weekly adult and pediatric allergy clinics at UC Irvine Medical Center, Orange County's only university medical center, and at adult clinics at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System.
Fellows also train at adult and pediatric immunology clinics at the medical center and at the Jeffrey Modell Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies at Gottschalk Medical Plaza on the university campus in Irvine. In addition, fellows provide inpatient allergy and immunology consultations at UC Irvine Douglas Hospital, Orange County's only university hospital, and at the VA in Long Beach.
The core didactics build in weekly lectures in basic and clinical immunology, as well as adult and pediatric allergy conferences, allergy journal clubs and case discussions that focus on decision-making strategies. Key first-year experiences, including the pulmonary division rotation for Pulmonary Function Test Interpretation, help prepare fellows for the second year, which involves more diverse training that includes rotations in related disciplines as well as clinical and laboratory research in allergy and immunology.
Second-year fellows take on increasing levels of responsibility for patient care, teaching and leadership in a multidisciplinary approach that includes rotations in pediatric pulmonology, rheumatology, otolaryngology and dermatology. The second half of this year is dedicated to clinical and laboratory research, a major strength of our training program. Our cellular and molecular immunology laboratories on the Irvine campus provide ample opportunities for bench and translational research interests.
The annual salary scale is:
Fellows receive three weeks vacation plus one week of educational leave per year.
Medical, dental and vision insurance plans designed to meet the needs of the fellows and their families are provided.
Fellows also receive professional liability coverage for all activities that are part of the allergy and immunology fellowship training program. Moonlighting is not permitted.
The Division of Basic and Clinical Immunology accepts one or two new fellows each year. Applications for positions will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
For questions about the application process, go to ERAS or call 215-966-3940.
For more information, please email fellowship coordinator Mitzi Vanhorn or call 949-824-5818.