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Pediatric & Adult Allergy/Immunology Fellowship

The Allergy/Immunology (A/I) Fellowship Program under University Hospitals (UH) Cleveland Medical Center Department of Pulmonary & Critical Care has received initial accreditation by the ACGME, as well as Osteopathic Recognition. This is the first AOA-accredited osteopathic 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. Drs. Robert Hostoffer, Devi Jhaveri, Haig Tcheurekdjian, and Theodore Sher serve as primary faculty for this fellowship program.

The two-year program ranks in the top 20% of all A/I 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 A/I, 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 Allergy/Immunology Associates, Inc. with UH Cleveland Medical Center (CMC) and UH Richmond Medical Center, utilized for ambulatory experiences. Rotations in adult and pediatric pulmonology, dermatology, otolaryngology and rheumatology occur throughout both years in outpatient environments, including UH Cleveland Medical Center and MetroHealth.

Fellows perform supervised inpatient and outpatient consults at UH Cleveland Medical Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, and UH 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 A/I care provided.

Objectives:

Overall goals of the program include the following:

  1. To prepare an allergist/immunologist who provides expert medical care for patients with allergic and immunologic disorders.
  2. To prepare a consultant and an educator in allergic, asthma, and immunodeficiency diseases.
  3. To prepare an allergist/immunologist capable of managing both pediatric and adult with allergic and immunologic disorders.
  4. To acquaint an allergist/immunologist of the limitations of the present knowledge and to develop the spirit of inquiry to expand the knowledge past present boundaries.
  5. To prepare an allergist/immunologist to practice with an osteopathically-focused attitude.

Proficiencies:

HIGHLY DESIRABLE proficiency with:

  • Delayed hypersensitivity skin testing
  • Interpretation of provocation testing for hyperreactive airways
  • Nasal cytology
  • Patch testing
  • Rhinolaryngoscopy

MUST be proficient with:

  • Drug desensitization or challenge
  • Food challenge testing
  • Immediate hypersensitivity kin testing
  • Interpretation of pulmonary function tests
  • Physical urticaria testing
  • Writing allergen immunotherapy prescriptions
  • Writing immunoglobulin prescriptions

MUST HAVE direct patient contact evaluating the following diagnoses:

  • Anaphylactic
  • Angioedem
  • Asthma
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Drug allergy
  • Adverse drug reaction
  • Food allergy
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Ocular allergy
  • Recurrent infections
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Stinging Insect Hypersensitivity
  • Urticaria

Direct patient contact evaluating the following diagnoses STRONGLY ENCOURAGED:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis
  • Eosinophilic
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Mastocytosis
  • Recurrent infections
  • Acute upper respiratory infection

Fellowship Contact Information

Robert Hostoffer, DO
Training Director, Adult & Pediatric Allergy & Immunology Fellowship

Devi Jhaveri, DO
Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 216-381-3333
Email: Devi.Jhaveri@uhhospitals.org

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