Clinical Immunology and Allergy

Sites: BWH & DFCI
Director(s): Erik Alexander, David Sloane
Prerequisites: Principal Clinical Experience (PCE)
Offered: Full time each month: Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb
Location: BWH - Brigham and Women's Hospital (23)
Open to Exclerks:
Description: The goal for this elective is to expose students to a wide array of allergic and immunologic diseases. Students will be meaningful and fully integrated members of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Allergy and Immunology inpatient consult service, the outpatient clinical service, and the rapid drug desensitization service. Working alongside the Attendings and Fellows, they will learn to gather a relevant history, perform a focused physical exam, and interpret clinical and laboratory findings of patients being evaluated for known or suspected allergic diseases and adult immunodeficiencies. Students will attend the BWH Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy (RIA) weekly allergy and clinical immunology conference Interested students may elect to write an in-depth paper on a topic of interest. With sufficient effort and interest, these papers can be submitted for publication as review articles. There is no requirement for students to take call.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Allergy and Immunology consult service rounds, the outpatient allergy and immunology clinical service rounds, the weekly rapid drug desensitization meeting, and the Monday clinical and basic immunology science conference provide opportunities to review evidenced based medicine and basic immunobiology relevant to allergies and adult immunodeficiencies.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction:
performance is exceptional for a student;
their clinical skills and knowledge are at the level of a strong, organized intern

performance is strong;
thoughtful, organized presentations;
may still demonstrate minor gaps in their understanding of the diseases

performance is acceptable though not impressive;
presentations are adequate;
demonstrates several gaps in their understanding of the diseases

performance is not acceptable;
presentations are inadequate
demonstrates serious gaps in their understanding of the diseases or behaviour with patients or colleagues is unacceptable.