The Allergy and Immunology subspecialty fellowship program at Wake Forest University is a single, totally integrated internal medicine-pediatric program which provides comprehensive exposure to allergic immunologic diseases in adults and children. The primary focus is clinical medicine, but the program includes research opportunities in a robust research environment encompassing clinical and translational research. Entrance into this two year program requires board eligibility for the American Board of Internal Medicine or American Board of Pediatrics.
The program and its faculty are undergoing growth. Principal fellowship program faculty include Dr. Mark Dykewicz, who joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2009 as Program Director, Dr. Jason Caldwell who also joined the faculty in 2009, and Dr. Stephen Peters, who has been at Wake Forest since 2003. In 2010, the fellowship program was reaccredited “with commendation” for the maximum possible interval of five years by the ACGME Residency Review Committee in Allergy & Immunology.
During the two year program, fellows care for patients with a broad spectrum of allergy, asthma and immunologic disorders with outstanding cross-training in both children and adults. The clinical experience is notable for caring for patients with widely diverse clinical problems including asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis, atopic dermatitis, urticaria and angioedema, venom and drug hypersensitivity, food allergy, as well as immune deficiencies representing humoral, cellular, combined immunodeficiency, and phagocytic disorders. The principal training site for ambulatory care is the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology clinic, located in a new facility that opened in 2009, less than 10 minutes drive from for the main Medical Center campus. The training site for inpatient experience is Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, comprised of 830-teaching beds for adults and the 160 pediatric inpatient beds of Brenner Children’s Hospital. U.S. News and World Report ranks the Medical Center as one of America’s Best Hospitals in 8 categories, including respiratory disorders. Fellows also receive additional clinical experience by rotations through a Severe Asthma Clinic at the Medical Center that is supervised by associated Pulmonary faculty. Adjacent to the hospital inpatient and outpatient buildings is a community of other buildings that house research laboratories and administrative offices of the allergy and immunology faculty, associated pulmonary and critical care faculty and investigators in the Center for Human Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Several fellowship program faculty have appointments in the Center for Human Genomics and Personalized Medicine, a leading center for asthma genomics, and the recently created Wake Forest Translational Research Institute.
Housestaff from Wake Forest University primary residency programs rotate through our clinics, affording fellows with excellent teaching opportunities. Fellows also participate in a variety of scheduled conferences, including weekly didactic clinical conferences, journal clubs, case presentations and reviews, and an interdisciplinary review of basic immunology (jointly held by the Allergy/Immunology and Pulmonary fellowship programs). Second year fellows also attend a graduate level basic immunology course.
The faculty encourages the fellow’s participation in scientific meetings at the national level. Recent examples of fellow participation in research include studies of the role of IL-33 in severe asthma and the improved definition of asthma phenotypes for genomics studies.
Successful completion of our program confers eligibility for certification by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, a conjoint board of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.
Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service, ERAS.