Each clinical service is supervised by faculty and consists of a fellow in training, medical residents rotating through our Service, and students together with our nurses and staff personnel.
Outpatient Clinical Training Program:
Tulane Medical Center and affiliated hospitals, including The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (formerly known as Veteran's Affairs Medical Center), and Ochsner Medical Center (formerly Ochsner Clinic Foundation).
Inpatient/Consultation Clinical Training Program:
The inpatient/consultation program is designed to provide A&I fellows-in-training with experience in evaluating and managing the inpatient and consultation care of patients with diverse allergic and immunologic diseases. This part of the fellow's educational experience is provided on a rotating basis.
Each fellow-in-training rotates on the inpatient consultation service for a total of 6 months over the 24-month period of training. Fellows evaluate and provide care to patients admitted to the four participating institutions. They provide care to adults and children with allergic and immunologic diseases on the inpatient services at Tulane Medical Center, The Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans (MCLNO), The Southeast Louisiana Veteran's Health Care System and The Ochsner Medical Center.
The didactic component is designed to provide Fellows with formal instruction. This includes the weekly Tulane/LSU Clinical and Research Conference Series (see example list of topics). Fellows attend the weekly seminar entitled "Art of Allergy" under the direction of Dr. Manuel Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the Section of Clinical Immunology, Allergy & Rheumatology.
This premier conference of the fellowship is highly regarded by the Fellows and has been in place for many years. In this conference, diverse topics are discussed including the approach to medico legal issues/cases, ethical issues, the art of the practice of allergy and many other scientific topics.
There is also a weekly A&I Fellows' Case Conference where an A&I Fellow presents an interesting clinical case, an update on the topic and generates discussion among the faculty and other Fellows-in-training. The weekly Journal Club is where landmark and review articles in allergy & immunology are discussed. The weekly Practice Parameters Review Conference is where current guidelines for disease management in Allergy & Immunology are discussed.
The Fellows attend the Section's quarterly Ethics and Professionalism Conferences, as well as, the semi-annual Cultural Sensitivity Conferences. In addition there is a Summer Conference Series where basic as well as clinical allergy topics are reviewed. During the summer months, fellows receive training in using the Electronic Library, Electronic Medical Records and Coding and Billing. The Section's conferences are attended by faculty, A&I residents rotating medicine, pediatric, MedPeds residents, and medical students. The series of weekly teaching conferences for the continuing education of housestaff and faculty is active.
There is also opportunity to attend Medicine and Pediatric Grand Rounds conference series. Fellows are required to attend the annual New Orleans Aeroallergen Course where pollen grains and mold spores are reviewed by renowned microbiologists. Fellows receive intensive training in the microscopic identification of pollen grains and mold spores.
Fellows are required to attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the Louisiana Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology annual meeting. Fellows have the opportunity to attend the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology meeting.
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