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Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at National Jewish


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The ACGME-accredited University of Colorado Denver Program A in Allergy & Immunology based at National Jewish Health (NJH)

Goals of the Fellowship Program

The primary goals are to:

  • Provide comprehensive state-of-the-art clinical training in allergy and immunology with emphasis on evaluation and management of atopic disorders, such as asthma, atopic dermatitis, food allergy, eosinophilic esophagitis, rhinitis, and sinusitis as well as management of primary immune deficiencies.
  • Develop a solid foundation in the principles of basic immunology fundamental to understanding and managing clinical disorders.
  • Initiate a solid experience in the fundamentals of basic and clinical research.

Fellows who successfully accomplish these goals will be positioned to pursue future careers in academic medicine or subspecialty clinical practice.


Overview

Fellows in the University of Colorado Program A in Pediatric Allergy & Immunology receive most of their experience at National Jewish Health (NJH) through 4 different assignments. NJH is a tertiary care medical and research facility that specializes in allergic, immune, and respiratory diseases. For more than 115 years, NJH has been recognized as the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. This reflects our expertise in medical care and research accomplishments in pulmonary, allergic, and immune diseases. Fellows spend half of their 2 year fellowship program in the clinical rotations described below. The majority of clinical rotations occur in Year 1 of the fellowship.

Clinical assignments include the Pediatric Day Program and Care Unit at NJH, Inpatient Consultation at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC), Outpatient Clinics at NJH and RMHC, and an Adult Allergy Consult service at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH).​​

Pediatric Day Program: National Jewish Health

Pediatric patients, both local and out-of-state, with severe allergic, pulmonary, and immune disorders are admitted to this service for in-depth multi-disciplinary outpatient team evaluations. Fellows are the primary providers for these patients, under attending faculty supervision. The disease severity and complexity of the patients admitted to this program are comparable to patients seen in an inpatient setting.

This rotation provides a primary patient base for the understanding of the diagnosis, treatment, and pathophysiology of, but not limited to:

  • Severe chronic refractory asthma, its detailed differential diagnosis, recognition and evaluation of the iatrogenic aspects of its management, and alternative treatments
  • Severe allergic disease including chronic rhinosinusitis, nasal polyposis, food allergy, including the use of double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenges, anaphylaxis, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, eosinophilia, and drug allergy
  • Immunodeficiency diseases
  • Pediatric pulmonary diseases, such as chronic pneumonias and pneumonitis, aspiration, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, bronchiolitis, bronchitis, congenital pulmonary anomalies, obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, vocal cord dysfunction, bronchiectasis, and immotile cilia syndrome

This rotation also has a strong focus on understanding and helping to manage the psychosocial aspects of chronic disease together with behavioral therapists that are seen by every patient and their families. The development of specific allergy and immunology clinical skills, such as complex disease management, patient education, home management strategies, and interacting with the referring physicians and tertiary consultants, will be a focus of these months. Expertise in methods and interpretation of pulmonary function testing, pH and impedance probe studies for gastroesophageal reflux, and various allergen, food and airway provocation challenges will be acquired. The basic application of rhinolaryngoscopy and bronchoscopy will also be addressed during this rotation.

During this rotation, fellows also see acutely ill pediatric patients with allergic, respiratory, and immune disorders in an urgent care setting, under attending faculty supervision. Most of the pediatric patients seen in this rotation have exacerbations of their asthmatic, respiratory, allergic, and/or immune disorder(s) that benefit from specialty care. Some of the patients evaluated in urgent care require hospitalization at NJH, and continue to be followed by the admitting fellow and attending.


Outpatient Clinics

  • Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Continuity Clinic: These clinics focus on the outpatient diagnosis and management of asthma and allergic disease similar to the profile described for the Pediatric Day Program rotation. Each fellow participates in a Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Continuity Clinic, one-half day per week for the 2 years of the fellowship and experience one-to-one mentoring with an allergist during this rotation. These clinics facilitate the development of required skills for allergists, including the interpretation of epicutaneous skin testing and spirometry. Patient continuity allows for the development of expertise in the management of chronic disease processes over time, including implementation of step-up and step-down asthma guideline-based care, allergen immunotherapy, application of evidence-based management of atopic dermatitis, and food allergy.
  • Adult Allergy Continuity Clinic: This clinic provides experience in diagnosis and management of adult allergy and asthma. Fellows participate in adult clinic one-half day per week throughout the 2 years, thus providing a thorough cross-training experience in adult allergic diseases. Fellows gain expertise in managing conditions more commonly encountered in adult patients, such as aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease fixed airway obstruction, mixed COPD/asthma phenotypes.
  • Immunodeficiency Clinic: The major objectives of this clinic are to expose and familiarize fellows with all aspects of primary and secondary immunodeficiency as well as the use and interpretation of clinical immunologic laboratory testing. During this clinic, fellows develop expertise in the long-term management of patients with immunodeficiency and immune-mediated diseases. Fellows also acquire experience with therapeutic modalities, such as administration of intravenous gamma globulin (IVIG) and pulse steroids. Fellows participate in this clinic one-half day per week during both years of their fellowship.
  • Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children: The emphasis during this rotation will be on outpatient and inpatient Allergy & Immunology, within a dedicated children’s hospital. The fellow participates in pediatric allergy clinics at RMHC and staffs inpatient consultations at RMHC with supervision from NJH attending physicians. During this rotation, fellows continue to participate in their Adult and Pediatric Continuity Clinics and the Immunology Clinic at NJH. Time is also reserved during this rotation for research and academic endeavors.
  • Adult Allergy Consult Service: This rotation takes place for 1-2 months in the second year of fellowship. These consults are upon request, and they therefore account for ~20% of the time spent during the 2-month period. Consults are performed at the University of Colorado Hospital and are staffed by faculty from the adult allergy division.

*Fellows generally attend one national specialty meeting during the first year and all attend the ACAAI Board Review Course, which is offered every other year.​​

Research and Other Academic Assignments

Research and Scholarly Activity: Each fellow works with a faculty research mentor for a high quality research experience. Fellows routinely present at national meetings each year. Past fellows have conducted research in the following areas:

  • Asthma and the environment
  • Asthma and steroid responsiveness
  • Food allergy and atopic dermatitis
  • Food allergy diagnosis
  • MRSA and atopic dermatitis
  • Molecular mechanisms of primary immunodeficiency
  • Human genetics
  • B cell, T cell, and neutrophil biology

Dermatology, Rheumatology, GI, Pulmonology, and ENT clinics: Familiarization with these related specialty disciplines can be obtained on an elective basis during the second year of fellowship.


Procedural Electives: Fellows can elect to spend additional time focused on specific procedures including performing and reading PFTs, rhinolaryngoscopy, patch testing, skin biopsies, and lab experiences.


Teaching Conferences: As part of their training, fellows regularly attend the following conferences held at NJH (most conferences run from September to May):

  • Denver Allergy Rounds – a weekly city-wide conference in allergy and immunology
  • Board Review Course – a weekly immunology review course shared with the adult fellows
  • Pediatric Department Noon Conference – a weekly conference consisting of case presentations, formal clinical and research presentations, and journal reviews
  • Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Lecture Series – a weekly series focusing on skills needed to conduct and understand clinical research methods, biostatistics
  • Journal Club – a monthly allergy journal club shared with the adult faculty and fellows
  • Adult Allergy Case Conference – an optional, weekly conference that focuses on adult allergy and immunology cases
  • Boot Camp Lecture Series – an introductory lecture series held in July and August that provides a broad overview of basic adult and pediatric allergy and immunology topics

  • 3rd Year Training Assignments

    For fellows seeking a career in academic medicine, funding opportunities for continued training and research are available, subject to approval by the faculty.

    Learn about the application process​.

    Application Process: Pediatrics Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program

    The ACGME-accredited University of Colorado Denver Program A in Allergy & Immunology is based at National Jewish Health.  Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), use program number: 0200731010.

    Application Checklist

    • ERAS application
    • Personal Statement
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • USMLE Part 1, 2, and 3 scores if taken
    • Medical school transcripts
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Positions Available: 2-3

    Salaries, Vacations, Leave

    Salaries are set at the fiftieth percentile of the Western Region according to ACGME guidelines with stipends as set by the Dean of the University of Colorado Denver. Stipends are increased each year according to the consumer price point index. Currently, house staff are given 21 calendar days of vacation annually. Additional days are given for academic leave. Other benefits are provided directly by the University of Colorado GME including medical plans available at no cost to trainees. For more information about Benefits visit: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/education/graduatemedicaleducation/ResidentsFellows/Pages/Benefits.aspx


    The timeline for the selection process will be as follows:

    July 6 ERAS open to submit applications
    July 15 Programs begin to receive applications
    August 15​ Deadline to apply
    August - October Interviews are offered
    November 16 Rank list deadline
    December 7 Match day for A-I Fellowships
    ​July 1 Fellowship begins

    Program Coordinator

    Sara Raab

    National Jewish Health

    1400 Jackson Street

    Denver, CO 80206 

    Phone: (303) 398-1245

    Fax: (303) 270-2105

    E-mail: pediatricfellowship@njhealth.org​​​​​​

    Current Fellows

    2016-2018 Medical School Pediatric Residency
    Neema Izadi, MD UCLA Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles/USC
    Ashika Odhav, MD University of Missouri, Kansas City Children’s Mercy Hospital/UMKC, Kansas City, MO
    Melissa Robinson, DO Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University Nationwide Children’s Hospital/The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    2015-2017 Medical School Pediatric Residency
    Divya Jayaraman, MD University of Utah Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC
    Heather Minto, MD SUNY Upstate Eastern Virginia Medical School/Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters’
    Peter Uong, MD Texas Tech Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center

    Former Fellows

    2014-2016 Medical School Pediatric Residency Where are they now?
    Andrea Jones, MD Medical College of Wisconsin Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Colorado Allergy & Asthma Centers, Denver, CO
    Monica Reddy, MD Case Western Reserve University University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado Colorado Allergy & Asthma Centers, Denver, CO
    2013-2015 Medical School Pediatric Residency Where are they now?
    Cullen Dutmer, MD Rush University Johns Hopkins University Faculty, University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado
    Bruce (BJ) Lanser, MD Medical College of Wisconsin University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Children’s Medical Center Dallas Faculty, University of Colorado/National Jewish Health
    2012-2014 Medical School Pediatric Residency Where are they now?
    Angela Sabry, MD American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine University of San Francisco – Fresno/Children’s Hospital Central California Baz Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, Fresno, CA
    Carah Santos, MD Penn State College of Medicine Stanford University/Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Faculty, University of Colorado/National Jewish Health
    2011-2013 Medical School Pediatric Residency Where are they now?
    Chris Cleveland, MD University of North Dakota Keesler Air Force Base Sanford Southpointe Clinic, Fargo, ND
    Maaz Mohiuddin, MD Medical College of Wisconsin Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Centers, Aurora, IL
    2010-2012 Medical School Pediatric Residency Where are they now?
    Jordan Abbott, MD, MA Cornell University Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles/University of Southern California Faculty, University of Colorado/National Jewish Health
    Summer Monforte, MD University of Arizona University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado St. Peter’s Medical Group, Helena, MT

    Faculty: Pediatrics Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program


    The ACGME-accredited University of Colorado Denver Program A in Allergy and Immunology based at National Jewish Health


    Chairman of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health:

    Pam Zeitlin, MD, MPhil, PhD, is the Silverstein Chair in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Zeitlin’s main area of expertise is in translational research in cystic fibrosis with a focus on chloride channels, protein chaperones, F508del pathophysiology and protein rescue in CF. She also has a role in pediatric asthma research. She has conducted investigator- initiated trials of 4-phenylbutyrate as a corrector in CF, anti-inflammatories in CF, Adeno-associated Viral gene therapy in CF, and many others. Dr. Zeitlin held the IND for 4-phenylbutyrate for CF and holds the INDs for digitoxin and glycerolphenylbutyrate in CF. She also is a basic science investigator working in the area of chloride channels, proteomics, and protein trafficking. Her laboratory is a translational environment where graduate students, clinical fellows, postdoctoral fellows and faculty can work collaboratively to advance our fundamental knowledge about CF airways disease.


    Head of the Allergy/Immunology Division in the Department of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health:

    Donald Y.M. Leung, MD, PhD, is the Head of the Allergy/Immunology Division in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Leung is a renowned authority in mechanisms of allergic disease. He has numerous NIH R01 grants, serves as the Co-Director of the NIH-funded General Clinical Research Center at the University of Colorado Denver and National Jewish Health, and he is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the premier journal in the field. Dr. Leung supervises fellows during their Day Program assignment. He also provides fellows with lectures, rounds and conference discussions, and provides research mentorship.


    Program Leadership

    Program Director: Nathan Rabinovitch, MD, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology. His research interests are on the role of environmental exposures in the school-age asthmatic child. He supervises fellows in the Pediatric Day Program and the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Continuity Clinic.


    Assistant Program Director: Bruce J. (BJ) Lanser, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Dr. Lanser brings his experience as Pediatric Chief Resident to the program leadership. His special interests are in food allergy, FPIES and eosinophilic esophagitis. He provides direct patient care supervision at RMHC, and in the Pediatric Day Program. Dr. Lanser has a strong interest in the education of trainees and oversees the Denver Allergy Rounds curriculum and the weekly Pediatric Lecture series, while serving on the Training Program Committee.


    Additional faculty in the Pediatrics Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program:

    Jordan K. Abbott, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology. His special interests are primary immunodeficiency diseases, immune dysregulation, genetics, and allergic disease. He provides direct patient care supervision on the RMHC rotation and in the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Continuity Clinic and the Pediatric Day Program at National Jewish. Dr. Abbott has served as a fellow research mentor.

    S. Allan Bock, MD, is a renowned expert in food allergies, who provides fellows with lectures, rounds and conference discussions, and also provides research mentorship.

    Mark Boguniewicz, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is a renowned expert in atopic dermatitis. He provides direct patient care supervision on the RMHC rotation and in the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Continuity Clinic and Pediatric Day Program at National Jewish. Dr. Boguniewicz has served as a fellow research mentor.

    Kanwaljit Brar, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She has a special interest in the treatment of rheumatological and dermatological diseases. She supervises fellows in the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Continuity Clinic and the Pediatric Day Program.

    Donna L. Bratton, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. She is an authority on inflammatory mechanisms of airways disease. She provides fellows with lectures, rounds and conference discussions, and provides research mentorship.

    Sanny K. Chan, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He has a special interest in allergen immunotherapy and drug allergy. He supervises fellows in the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Continuity Clinic and the Pediatric Day Program.

    Christine B. Cho, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She provides direct patient care supervision in the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Continuity Clinic. Dr. Cho also serves on the training program committee.

    Ronina Covar, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She has special interests in asthma and steroid response, and serves as the Director of the Severe Asthma Clinic Program. She supervises fellows in the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Continuity Clinic and the Pediatric Day Program. Dr. Covar has served as a fellow research mentor.

    Erwin Gelfand, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver. He is also the Director of the Immunodeficiency Clinic at National Jewish Health. He is a renowned authority in immunodeficiency, mechanisms of asthma, and other aspects of basic immunology. He is committed to assure residency training in immune deficiency disease. He provides a weekly conference in the Immunodeficiency Clinic. He also provides fellows with lectures, rounds and conference discussions, and provides research mentorship.

    Pia J. Hauk, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She conducts research on the early development of asthma, and also has a special interest in immune deficiency. Dr. Hauk supervises fellows in the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Continuity Clinic and the Pediatric Day Program and has served as a fellow research mentor.


    Other Faculty for the Fellowship Program

    Other faculty members at National Jewish Health, while not necessarily key faculty for the program, provide significant contributions to the education of our fellows, typically as lecturer, consultants, discussants in conferences and seminars, and research resources. They include the following faculty members:

    • Rafeul Alam, MD, PhD*
    • Vijaya Knight, MD, PhD, D(ABMLI)
    • Bruce Bender, PhD
    • Stephen Dreskin, MD, PhD
    • Ronald Harbeck, PhD
    • Flavia Hoyte, MD*
    • Rohit Katial, MD*
    • Lisa Meltzer, PhD
    • Harold S. Nelson, MD*
    • Franziska J. Rosser, MD, MPH
    • Kanao Otsu, MD, MPH*
    • J. Tod Olin, MD
    • David W.H. Riches, PhD
    • Jenny Stitt, MD
    • Tho Q. Truong, MD*
    • Eileen Wang, MD, MPH*
    • Richard Weber, MD*
    • Todd Kingdom, MD
    • Corrie Dunnik, MD

    *Adult Allergy and Immunology Faculty in Department of Medicine University of Colorado Denver Allergy and Immunology Program B at National Jewish Health

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