Elective Rotations for Residents and Clinical Fellows: Allergy and Immunology

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Elective Description

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), through the Division of Clinical Research and the Allergy and Immunology Clinical Fellowship Program, offers a 4-week elective in outpatient immunology and allergy for residents in internal medicine or pediatrics. Residents on this elective will participate in caring for patients enrolled in research protocols in the NIAID immunology clinic, including assisting in the diagnosis and management of adult and pediatric patients under the supervision of attending physicians, allergy and immunology fellows, and clinic staff. The entire spectrum of disorders of immune dysfunction is seen in the clinic, including allergic, immunodeficiency, and autoimmune diseases. Typical disorders seen include mastocytosis, hypereosinophilic syndromes, eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, hyperIgE syndromes, chronic granulomatous disease, undifferentiated immunodeficiencies, autoimmune lymphoproliferative disorder, as well as a variety of other diseases. Residents will also be expected to attend fellow's educational conferences, NIAID Grand Rounds, and other educational activities during the month.

Required conferences include:

  • Weekly Clinical Immunology and Inflammation fellow's conference, Fridays 1-4 PM
  • Weekly NIAID Grand Rounds, Fridays, 8-9 AM
  • Monthly PID Conference Wednesday 4-5pm

Elective Objectives

  • Learn about the spectrum of presentations of immune dysregulation and dysfunction, including allergy, immunodeficiency, and autoimmunity
  • Gain experience in managing complex disorders of immune dysfunction, utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Develop an understanding of the role of the clinical immunology lab in the diagnosis and management of patients with immunologic diseases
  • Gain an appreciation of the scope of practice of clinical immunologists
  • Learn about the design and application of research protocols to advance the diagnosis and management of patients with immunologic diseases


  • Paneez Khoury, MD, Director, Allergy, and Immunology Clinical Fellowship Program
  • Pam Guerrerio, MD, PhD, Chief, Laboratory of Allergic Diseases
  • Jenna Bergerson, MD, Chief, Allergy and Immunology Consult Service and Associate Program Director, Allergy, and Immunology Fellowship
  • Steven Holland, MD
  • Koneti Rao, MD
  • Alexandra Freeman, MD
  • Melody Carter, MD
  • Hirsh Komarow, MD
  • Amy Klion, MD
  • Helen Su, MD, PhD
  • Gulbu Uzel, MD
  • Luigi Notarangelo, MD
  • Ottavia Delmonte, MD, PhD
  • Ivan Fuss, MD
  • Christa Zerbe, MD

Eligibility Requirements

Residents must currently be enrolled, and in good standing, in an Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited internal medicine or pediatric program in the United States at the time of application for an elective rotation. Foreign medical school graduates, in addition to the above, must have ECFMG certification.

Selection of Applicants

One resident will be selected to participate in this rotation each month, with preference given to those with a stated interest in allergy and immunology fellowship training or participation in clinical immunology research.

All applicants will be expected to provide COVID-19 vaccination verification.

Living Arrangements

At present, no living quarters are available on the NIH campus. Residents are responsible for making their own travel and living arrangements.

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This page last updated on 05/30/2023

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