Allergy & Immunology Fellowship
NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s Allergy and Immunology Fellowship provides high-quality, culturally competent, comprehensive subspecialty training in allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology.
We are deeply committed to advancing medical education and research, while also improving the health and wellbeing of patients with allergic and immunologic diseases. Our areas of expertise include cutaneous allergy and immunology, drug and food allergies, clinical immunology, angioedema, autoimmune diseases, vasculitis, urticaria, asthma, and anaphylaxis.
The Allergy and Immunology Fellowship is jointly administered by the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. Fellows receive clinical experience at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, which is designated as a World Allergy Organization Center of Excellence. The hospital is a referral center for a wide variety of allergic and immune disorders, including urticaria, angioedema, contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, asthma, allergic rhinitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, and various drug allergies.
We strive to strengthen and accelerate multidisciplinary scientific and clinical innovation, education, and advocacy in allergy, asthma, and clinical immunology. Fellows have opportunities to present research and attend national and local scientific conferences, including those of the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology; the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology; and the Long Island Allergy and Asthma Society.
Our two-year fellowship, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), accepts one to two fellows per alternating year and combines comprehensive clinical experience with exposure to a wide range of allergic and immunologic diseases, as well as both inpatient experience and an outpatient continuity experience. Approximately 50 percent of the program involves engaging in patient care, with 25 percent of time dedicated to didactics and another 25 percent spent on research.
Allergy and Immunology Fellowship program aims include the following:
- training physicians to become specialists at providing expert-level clinical care for children and adults with routine and complex allergy and immunology disorders
- delivering high quality, culturally competent, and comprehensive outpatient and inpatient clinical care while prioritizing professionalism and courtesy toward patients at all times
- providing a clinical experience that facilitates physician learning as part of an effective interprofessional team
- prioritizing physician proficiency in assessing cost and compliance of diagnostics and therapeutics
- sustaining life-long scholarship by providing resources to present and/or publish research
- enhancing physician teaching skills through the development of educational programs for medical students and residents
Fellows who complete the program are prepared to qualify for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) certification examination and to be exemplary allergists, immunologists, and physician–scientists.
Participants obtain valuable clinical experience caring for diverse patient populations at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island and at NYU Langone Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology Associates—Mineola. The program is overseen by Luz S. Fonacier, MD, fellowship director.
Allergy and Immunology fellows are part of an interprofessional team that works toward the shared goals of patient safety and quality improvement. With supervision from our dedicated faculty, fellows assume responsibility for all aspects of medical care for adult and pediatric patients who have asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, drug eruption, insect sting sensitivity, anaphylaxis, latex allergy, immunodeficiency, and other immunologic disorders. Fellows also serve as consultants and educators.
The didactic portion of the program includes Allergy and Immunology Grand Rounds, core basic science lectures and board reviews, journal clubs, pediatric and adult allergy case conferences, quality improvement conferences, and multidisciplinary conferences with the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics. All fellows have dedicated time to pursue clinical and bench research projects in consultation with faculty, and to attend allergy and immunology research conferences.
Available electives include pediatric pulmonary, immunology laboratory, and outpatient otolaryngology experiences, with options to pursue electives in adult pulmonary and rheumatology.
During the first year, fellows develop clinical skills and experience in allergic and immunologic disorders during five outpatient clinics per week. Each clinic provides exposure to allergic and immunologic disease processes in both adult and pediatric patients. Through these clinics, fellows build their own practice of patients and manage care under the supervision of an attending physician. Fellows also gain experience through the management of a steady and intellectually stimulating inpatient consultation service.
Each fellow maintains a patient log to document clinical care experiences and procedural skills and develops a major project in either basic science, translational, or clinical research. First-year fellows also have the opportunity to rotate on the pediatric pulmonary service.
During the second year, fellows continue to develop clinical skills through outpatient clinics and inpatient consultations. Fellows continue their research and scholarly activities with the goal of developing data for scientific publication and presentation at a national meeting. Second-year fellows rotate in the clinical immunology laboratory and prepare for ABAI certification.
How to Apply
To be eligible for the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship, you must complete at least three years of ACGME-accredited training in internal medicine, pediatrics, or a combined internal medicine and pediatrics (meds–peds) residency.
We only accept fellowship applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®), run by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The deadline for Allergy and Immunology Fellowship applications is August 15 each year. Applicants must submit the following materials:
- medical school transcript
- three letters of recommendation
- a personal statement that describes research interests and career goals
- scores for the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3
Interviews for first-year fellows take place each September through November for positions beginning in July. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you via email.
If you have questions about the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship, please contact Barbara Cohen, program coordinator, at email@example.com or 516-663-4753. Our office is located at 120 Mineola Boulevard, Suite 410, in Mineola, New York.