Graduate Medical Education (GME): Allergy and Immunology

Fellowship Program Director: Paneez Khoury, MD, MHSc

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 high-quality clinical and research training that will enable them to pursue careers in academic medicine. The core of this clinical fellowship program is clinical training in the diagnosis and management of patients with complex immunologic and allergic diseases, and research training, with 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 academic careers, including as independent investigators.

Program Structure
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. Clinical training takes place at the following locations to ensure comprehensive clinical exposure: NIH Clinical Center; the George Washington University (GWU); Children's National Health System (CNHS); Johns Hopkins Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). In the second year, fellows perform research with a research mentor and are engaged in some clinical activities including (continuity clinics at either GWU or CNHS; a primary immunodeficiency community clinic and coverage of the A&I consult service) 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 perform clinical, basic, or translational research for about ten percent of the time during the first year in the program, 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.

Additional Information
NIAID Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program

Application Information
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
Candidates are selected through the National Residency Matching Program. There are three to four positions available per year. Candidates should apply for the program in the summer before matriculation 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.

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This page last updated on 11/04/2022

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