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Combined Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology Program

The combined training program in Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology is a three year program leading to board eligibility in both Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology.

Curriculum

Fellows in this program are afforded the unique opportunities of the combined Division.  The curricula of both programs can be completed in the span of three years partially as a result of commonalities between the fellowships which include immunology, joint conferences, and the research component.  Extensive faculty interaction and collaboration make the combined fellowship a natural extension of the Division.

First Year - Allergy

Sample Schedule

Blocks Sample Clinical Block A Sample Clinical Block B Sample Clinical Block C Sample Research Block
Outpatient Clinics1,2 6 Per Week 6 Per Week 6 Per Week 2 Per Week
Inpatient Call3 Off Allergy Rheum Minimal
Clinical Electives4 1 Clinic per week 1 Clinic per week 1 Clinic per week None
Academic5 Equivalent of 1/2 day per week Equivalent of 1/2 day per week Equivalent of 1/2 day per week Equivalent of 1/2 day per week
Research none none none 70% of time

1. Clinical Blocks require two continuity clinics (adult and pediatrics) and four faculty clinics per week and one pediatric primary immune deficiency clinic per month
2. Research Blocks require two continuity clinics
3. One month of inpatient Rheumatology call is required in the first year and six months of Allergy call each year.
4. Clinical electives are outpatient clinics in Dermatology, Rheumatology, ENT, and Pulmonary.
5. The academic component includes conferences and didactic sessions.

Second Year - Allergy and Rheumatology

Sample Schedule

Blocks Sample Clinical Block A Sample Clinical Block B Sample Clinical Block C Sample Research Block
Outpatient Clinics1,2 5-6 Per Week 5-6 Per Week 5-6 Per Week 2 Per Week
Inpatient Call3 Allergy Rheum Off None
Clinical Electives4 None None ? Per Week None
Academic5 Equivalent of 1/2 day per week Equivalent of 1/2 day per week Equivalent of 1/2 day per week Equivalent of 1/2 day per week
Research none none none 70% of time

1. Clinical Blocks require two continuity clinics (Allergy and Rheumatology), two Allergy Faculty clinics and one to two Rheumatology faculty clinics
2. Research Blocks require the two continuity clinics
3. Inpatient call is divided between Allergy and Rheumatology
4. Allergy clinical electives are completed and Rheumatology electives are started. See sample first and third year schedules for lists of electives.
5. The academic component includes conferences and didactic sessions.

Third Year - Rheumatology

Sample Schedule

Blocks1 Sample Inpatient Block2 Sample Elective Blocks3, 4 Sample Research Block5
Outpatient Clinics 20% 92% 10%
Inpatient 72% 0% 0%
Academic 8% 8% 8%
Research 0% 0% 82%

1. Blocks are four weeks long and include on vacation block
2. Six in-patient blocks
3. Three elective blocks
4. Required electives include EMG, PM&R, PT/OT, Pediatric Rheumatology, and Orthopedic subspecialties of foot/ankle, hand, and sports medicine
5. Three Research Blocks

Our Fellows

Jennifer Barnas, MD, PhD

Dr. Barnas earned her bachelor of science degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  She attended the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences where she earned her MD as well as a PhD in the Microbiology and Immunology department.  Her PhD thesis work focused on T cell and fibroblast interactions.  Her internal medicine residency was completed at the University of Rochester as part of the ABIM research pathway track.  She has received clinical training in both rheumatology and allergy/immunology specialties.  Her current research interest is focused on immune cell interactions within the renal microenvironment in lupus nephritis. She is currently developing a research project within lupus nephritis under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Anolik

How to Apply

Both the Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology programs participate in ERAS.  You must apply to one of the programs through ERAS and notify John Peters, Fellowship Coordinator for the Division of your intention to apply for the combined program.  The Allergy/Immunology program ID number is 0203511043. The Rheumatology program ID number is 1503511127. 

Contact Us

John PetersJohn Peters
Fellowship Coordinator
Allergy/Immunology & Rheumatology Division
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Ave
Box 695
Rochester, NY 14642

Phone: (585) 275-9139
Fax: (585) 442-3214
John_Peters@urmc.rochester.edu