Pediatric and Adult Allergy/Immunology Fellowship
Robert W. Hostoffer Jr., DO, FAAP, FACOP, FCCP
Haig Tcheurekdjian, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI
Associate Program Director
The Allergy/Immunology fellowship administered by UH Regional Hospitals Department of Medical Education is the first AOA-accredited osteopathic Allergy/Immunology (A/I) program in the U.S. As of 2012, up to six physicians with AOA-accredited training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics are eligible to participate.
The two-year program ranks in the top 20 percent of all allergy/immunology programs in the nation. The rotations and experiences include both pediatric and adult medicine. Our goal is to use patient care as a means of practice-based learning. With this approach each patient is presented at the bedside, data is assessed and care plans are developed among the students, residents and faculty.
Following an introduction to allergy/immunology, fellows must demonstrate proficiency in the following procedures:
- Allergen immunotherapy
- Bronchoprovocation challenge
- Delayed hypersensitivity skin testing
- Drug desensitization and challenge
- Immediate hypersensitivity skin testing
- Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy
- Oral food challenge
- Performance and interpretation of pulmonary function tests
- Physical urticaria testing
The primary training site is UH Suburban Health Center with other UH health centers utilized for ambulatory experiences. Rotations in adult and pediatric pulmonology, dermatology, otolaryngology and rheumatology occur in outpatient environments throughout both years.
Fellows perform supervised inpatient and outpatient consults at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center. Fellows will select and interpret applicable diagnostic tests, assess the risks and benefits of therapies, council patients about their disorders and coordinate the allergy/immunology care provided.