Clerkships

All students are encouraged to explore Penn State Hershey Allergy, Asthma and Immunology program. Allergy-Immunologists, are physicians who are trained either in internal medicine, pediatrics or medicine - pediatrics and have completed 2 - 3 years of subspecialty fellowship training in the field of allergy and immunology. This training enables the allergists to provide care for:

  • Patients with asthma, allergic and non-allergic rhinitis/rhinosinusitis, allergic conjunctivitis, atopic dermatitis, food allergy and/or intolerance, hymenoptera venom sting allergy, drug allergy, anaphylaxis, urticaria and angioedema.
  • Patients with various immunodeficiency problems.
  • Patients who require allergen immunotherapy and immunomodulation for allergic and immunologic diseases.
  • Patients in the hospital with various allergic reactions, most commonly reactions to medications.

Structure of the Selective

  • The majority of the selective time will involve providing care to patients in the outpatient clinic with a team consisting of an attending physician, fellows, residents and other students. There may be residents who also rotate on the service. The nurses in clinic perform skin testing, spirometry, drug testing, and assist with skin biopsy and rhinoscopy. Patch tests are performed by the physicians.
  • Every Wednesday from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m., there is allergy-immunology conference when all members of the training program including adult and pediatric allergists, fellows, residents and students attend.
  • Every Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. there is a textbook review that you are welcome to attend.

How You Will Be Evaluated

Those working directly with you in clinical settings will be asked to evaluate your performance during the time you spend together. It is important that you actively seek feedback from your supervising fellow(s), and attending(s), even with the limited time you may spend with them. There is much to be earned through even brief exposures, and most clinical teachers are eager to help you build specific skills or areas of knowledge that will be helpful to you. You may request a Mini-CEX from the fellows and attendings you work with to get immediate feedback on your performance.

You may be assigned specific topics to review and to present to the team. These topics will be predominantly patient-oriented. Your presentations may be incorporated into your overall rotation performance assessment.

Your grade will be based upon attendance, effort, professionalism, patient care and enthusiasm.

References will be provided when you begin your rotation.

Where Do You Report?

You will report to Ms. Corinne Gibilterra on the first day of your rotation in the Biomedical Research Building, C5860.