Morsani College of Medicine

USF Allergy & Immunology Fellowship Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program at the University of South Florida is to provide comprehensive, clinical training in allergy and immunology to prepare physicians for clinical or academic practice. We accomplish this through the creation of a scholarly environment which promotes research in basic and clinical science, relevant to the medical care of our patients and the educational needs of our trainees.

Program Aims

  1. Provide an outstanding, comprehensive clinical training experience in all procedures and other aspects of Allergy and Immunology with the goal of graduating trainees well prepared and confident in handling any clinical challenge in the specialty
  2. Enhance the academic culture to promote opportunities for participation and publication of scholarly activities
  3. Provide the opportunities for robust experiences in in both clinical and basic research
  4. Promote opportunities to participate in QI and patient safety activities to maintain high quality standards for patient care and safety
  5. Recruit high-quality fellowship applicants

Program Objectives

  1. The program will provide the opportunity to apply immunological theories, principals, and techniques to the investigation, diagnosis, and treatment of a broad spectrum of allergic and immunologic disorders.
    1. 50% of the program will be devoted to direct patient care activities through supervised patient care clinical programs in ambulatory areas, and through the inpatient and consultation services.
    2. The ambulatory experience will include a sufficient number of adult and pediatric patients for each fellow to gain experience and competence in the care of patients with asthma, allergic disorders and immunologic diseases.
    3. The inpatient experience will also include a sufficient number of adult and pediatric patients for each of the fellows through consultation experiences. There will be a diversity of patients, ages, and diagnoses to represent the breadth of the specialty.
  2. The clinical programs will be complemented by scholarly activities through conferences, lectures, evidence-based medicine conferences, journal clubs, seminars, and self-improvement resources.
  3. 25% of the program will be devoted to research.
    1. A structured research experience will be provided that will lead to an understanding of the basic principles of study design, performance, analysis, and manuscript preparation and/or verbal reporting.

General Core Competency Goals & Objectives

Goals

Fellows will have an opportunity to participate in and develop the following general core competencies to begin the independent practice of allergy and immunology including: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and system-based practice.

Objectives

After completion of the A/I training, a fellow should excel in the following:

  1. Patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
  2. Medical knowledge including both the clinical and basic sciences that involve our specialty and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  3. Practice-based learning and improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of your own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care.
  4. Interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective transfer of information between patients, their families, and other healthcare professionals.
  5. Professionalism as manifested through a commitment to carry out professional responsibilities, adhere to ethical principles and to be sensitive to the ethnic and racial diversity of our patient population.
  6. Systems-based practice as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the large context and system of healthcare and the ability to call on system resources to improve patient care.