In this program, fellows spend half of their time on clinical training; the other half is split between research interests of choice (25 percent) and educational purposes (25 percent).
A total of 12 four-week blocks make up each year of fellowship. Block 13 is vacation. Fellows have a monthly continuity clinic at Riley Hospital for Children throughout the fellowship. Overall, 50 percent of the time is spent in clinical care, 25 percent in didactic sessions, and 25 percent in research. During the first year, fellows spend 8-9 blocks in outpatient clinics, 2 blocks for research, and 1-2 blocks for electives. During the second year, fellows spend 4-5 blocks for research, 3-4 blocks for outpatient clinics, and 3-4 blocks for electives. Fellows are encouraged to pursue electives in dermatology, otolaryngology and pulmonology.
In the first year, outpatient clinics mainly take place in Indianapolis at Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University Methodist Hospital and Indiana University Hospital. Second-year fellows also train at Riley Hospital in Carmel. Fellows also have opportunities for training, once a month, at private practice offices in Fishers and Lafayette, Indiana. Fellows cover inpatient allergy and immunology consults at Riley Hospital and take call with attending physicians.
Electives in pulmonology, otolaryngology and dermatology are strongly encouraged. Second-year fellows have a continuity clinic twice a month. Faculty and fellows participate in weekly conferences, journal club and didactic sessions. Fellows study basic immunology and clinical allergy-immunology texts.