About the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program

This combined internal medicine-pediatrics training program in this specialty has been in existence at Virginia Commonwealth University (formerly Medical College of Virginia) for several decades.  It was ACGME accredited prior to March of 1983, and has remained since that time.  The program accepts up to 2 residents into the program per year.  Those trained from 1983 onward have each passed their ABIM certification exam.

Mission
Our mission is to prepare specialists who are well rounded in Allergy & Immunology. These specialists will not only provide expert medical care for patients with allergic and Immunologic disorders but also serve as consultants, educators and being critical in interpreting medical research in asthma, allergic and immunologic diseases.

Duration
The ACGME accredited Allergy/Immunology training period typically is two years in duration with the exception of the ABIM or Pediatric research tracks, which would extend their time in the program to fulfill the research requirements.  Also, some trainees have been granted, at the request, an additional year of research training beyond the two years of training that enabled them to sit for the certification exam.

Program Certifications
The VCU Allergy & Immunology Fellowship program is fully accredited by the ACGME.

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship training program.

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Overall training is roughly divided into 50 percent direct patient care, 25 percent scholarly activity and research and 25 percent in educational activities. All fellows are adequately trained in system-based practices, professionalism, patient care, advancement of their medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills and practice-based learning.

Curriculum

Conferences

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Wei Zhao, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, FACAAI

Wei Zhao, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, FACAAI

Program Director

Wei Zhao, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, FACAAI

Wei Zhao, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, FACAAI

Program Director

Internal Medicine

Division of Allergy and Immunology

Email: wei.zhao@vcuhealth.org

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Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Division Chair

Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Lawrence B. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Division Chair

Internal Medicine

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Email: lawrence.schwartz@vcuhealth.org

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Class of 2020

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Farah Khan, MD
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children


Alumni

Prerequisite

Prerequisite training consists of completion of a residency in Internal Medicine or Pediatrics that would qualify them to sit for the certification exam of the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics.  Selection criteria consists of medical school performance, residency performance, USMLE scores, personal interview, ECFMG certification (if applicable), valid visa/green card/permanent residency card (if applicable) and other accomplishments (e.g., research publications) as considered appropriate.

Application

All applicants use ERAS to apply to the program.

Program Director

Wei Zhao, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, FACAAI
Professor and Chief
Division of Allergy and Immunology
Vice Chair for Clinical Operation
Department of Pediatrics
Virginia Commonwealth University
Box 980225
Richmond, VA 23298
Phone: (804) 828-9620
Fax: (804) 628-5856
Email: wei.zhao@vcuhealth.org

Fellowship Coordinator

Cesley Watkins
Box 980509
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0509
Phone: (804) 628-4497
Fax: (804) 828-4926
Email: imfellowships@vcuhealth.org