Overview

Program description

The Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic trains exemplary physician specialists who have mastered the necessary medical knowledge, clinical skills, teaching, and research competencies to function as independent experts in the field of allergy and immunology.

To accomplish these goals, two nationally and internationally recognized organizations, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Phoenix Children's Hospital, have partnered to share their knowledge, resources, and diverse clinical experiences to ensure the best possible training in the field of allergy and immunology.

During the two-year fellowship, training experience time is devoted:

  • 50 percent to clinical practice (evenly divided between adult and pediatric specialty clinics)
  • 25 percent to research projects
  • 25 percent to educational pursuits

In addition to the specialty clinics, fellows have weekly continuity clinics for following their own adult and pediatric patients.

Fellows are exposed to a very broad spectrum of routine and complex adult and pediatric cases from both near and far locations. Trainees receive excellent one-on-one supervision by our diverse staff of allergists-immunologists and support from a superb group of clinicians, researchers, and educators representing all major specialties.

Ample opportunities are available for both clinical and basic research. The assistance from very dedicated mentors ensures that the nine-month research block is a thoroughly rewarding experience for trainees.

Opportunities for basic science investigation into disease mechanisms, particularly those that are eosinophil-mediated, are available in the laboratory of the world-renowned Mayo investigator, Dr. Hirohito Kita, who has moved his laboratory to the Mayo Clinic campus in Phoenix, Arizona.

There are required rotations in dermatology, otolaryngology, transplant, immunology lab, and immunodeficiency clinic. Elective rotations are available in those same specialties, as well as community allergy, gastroenterology, adult and pediatric pulmonology, and rheumatology.

Mastery of the six core competencies as set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is required:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice

The program provides the necessary resources, guidance, and time for fellows to achieve these goals. A variety of evaluation methods are employed including direct supervision and observation, web-based tools such as MedHub, periodic reviews by staff and the program director, in-service exams, and patient evaluations to ensure that fellows are achieving appropriate milestones in their education.

Read more about the goals and objectives of the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship.

Accreditation

The American Board of Allergy and Immunology, a conjoint group of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine, accredits this fellowship.

Certification

The Allergy and Immunology Fellowship meets the examination eligibility requirements of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

Program history

Mayo Clinic is the world's oldest and best recognized multispecialty group practice, renowned for excellence in clinical care, research, and education.

Allergists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, founded the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship in 1962. Since then, more than 100 fellows have completed this training program and serve as allergist-immunologists throughout the U.S. and the world. Strong academic and personal relationships exist between all Mayo sites.

The Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, began in July 2017. The Arizona fellowship, while separate from the original Mayo Clinic program in Rochester, Minnesota, shares a weekly videoconference with Rochester and related programs in Jacksonville, Florida, and Mayo-affiliated practice sites elsewhere in the Midwestern United States, as well as with our partners at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Expertise is shared among all the sites using this format and many other less formal avenues.

Mayo Clinic allergists have played a large role in patient care, research and education. They serve on many editorial and advisory committees and have served as presidents of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as well as the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.