The division established an Allergy and Immunology Fellowship in 2012. Two trainees (one Pediatric and one Internal Medicine) will be accepted each year for the two-year program. A third year of research training is highly encouraged. The UCSF AI Fellowship Training Program is currently accepting pediatricians and internists (or Med-Peds trained physicians) who desire to train for a career in allergy/immunology. The goal of the program is to provide outstanding clinical and research training in pediatric and adult allergy and immunology to physicians with a primary interest in an academic career. Complementary clinical resources include a wealth of physician faculty in pediatrics, internal medicine, and allied subspecialties to train clinical fellows in immunology and allergy. A unique aspect of the program is its strong relationship with the UCSF Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program, which is ranked among the top programs of its size in the U.S., with expertise and special emphasis in treating children with primary immunodeficiency disorders. UCSF is the lead institution for the Primary Immunodeficiency Treatment Consortium, which has the objective of advancing our understanding and treatment of primary immunodeficiency as well as training junior scientists and clinicians in primary immunodeficiency diagnosis and definitive treatment. UCSF is a leader and referral center for the California SCID newborn screening program. Finally, UCSF is an active member of the NIH-sponsored Asthma Clinical Research Network of clinical centers dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of asthma and airway disease as well as a center for trails involving food allergy treatment. In summary, the breath of the Allergy & Immunology training at UCSF is unparalleled with respect to clinical and research opportunities.
Fellows will be exposed to a wide range of pediatric and medicine allergy and immunology clinical experiences. These range from complex primary immunodeficiency, to pediatric food allergy and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, to adult severe asthma, and BMT for primary immunodeficiency.
The Fellowship Training Program utilizes the world-class basic immunology program at UCSF, which includes well-funded investigators who study all aspects of immunology and allergic inflammation. We have outstanding graduate training in the UCSF Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Program, with approximately 50 current advanced trainees in Immunology. An NIH T32 Training Grant supports postdoctoral research in the Immunology program.
The fellow will be mentored and supervised by the allergy and immunology attending staff in both the outpatient clinic and inpatient consult service, as well as during procedures in the treatment center. All major care plan decisions will be done in conjunction with the allergy and immunology attending. Trainees will receive verbal evaluation of clinic patient evaluations, inpatient consults, procedures, and presentations. At the end of each rotation and at 6 month intervals fellows will receive written evaluation including milestones achieved. Fellows will choose a research mentor from within or outside of the division, depending on their area of research interest.
Approximately 5 months will be devoted to inpatient consult service, 5 months to outpatient clinics and 2 to 6 weeks to the pediatric BMT service.
Fellows are expected to attend: 1) Weekly Immunology Clinical Conference; 2) Weekly Basic Immunology Reviews; 3) Weekly Allergy Immunology Core Didactic Lectures. There are also a variety of elective educational sessions in both Pediatric and Medicine Allergy Immunology related topics that are available campus wide.
Goals and Objectives
The goal of the program is to provide outstanding clinical and research training in pediatric and adult allergy and immunology to physicians with a primary interest in an academic career. The Fellowship Training Program utilizes the world-class basic immunology program at UCSF, which includes well-funded investigators who study all aspects of immunology and allergic inflammation.
1. Alice Chan, MD, PhD. Completed 2014. Previous Position: Pediatric Residency at UCSF. Current Position: Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCSF.
2. Kiran Patel, MD, MS. Completed 2015. Previous Position: Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Current Position: Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.
3. Aisha Ahmed, MD. Completed 2015. Previous Position: Medicine Residency at University of Texas Southwestern. Current Position: Assistant Professor, UCSF.
4. Ilisten Jones, MD. Completed 2016. Previous Position: Pediatric Residency at UCLA. Current Position: Allergy and Asthma Medical Group, Pleasanton, CA.
5. Miren Guenechea-Sola, MD. Completed 2016. Previous Position: Medicine Residency, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Current Position: Assistant Professor, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA.
6. Angela Chang, MD. Completed 2017. Previous Position: Pediatric Residency at Chicago Lurie Children’s Hospital. Current Position: Assistant Professor, UCSF.
7. Chloe Wan, MD. Completed 2017. Previous Position: Medicine Residency at University of Chicago. Current Position: Asthma and Allergy Associates, San Jose, CA.
1. Sara Seghezzo, MD (First Year). Previous Position: Pediatric Residency at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
2. Meng Chen, MD (First Year). Previous Position: Medicine Residency at New York University Medical Center.
3. Lauren Sanchez, MD (First Year). Previous Position: Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital Philadelphia.
4. Jenna Nguyen, MD (First Year). Previous Position: Medicine Residency at UCSF.
How to Apply
Application Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017
Special Requirements: Applicants must hold or be able to obtain a California medical license and be American Board of Pediatrics or Internal Medicine eligible or certified.
Program Director: Morna Dorsey, MD, MSSc
Phone: (415) 476-2171
Fax: (415) 502-2625
Associate Director: Katherine Gundling, MD
Phone: (415) 476-0735
Fax: (415) 476-5712
Program Coordinator: Cynthia Zarate
Phone: (415) 476-2981
Fax: (415) 476- 5354
Program Administrator: Kira Bricknell
Phone: (415) 476-2171
Fax: (415) 476-5356