Allergy and Immunology Fellowship

Program Director's Welcome

Christopher Chang

Thank you for your interest in the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program at Memorial Healthcare System. We are accepting fellow applications for the July 2024 academic year. The Allergy and Immunology Fellowship is a two-year program that will accomodate two fellows per year. The fellowship will be based across four sites, including Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Regional Hospital, and a private office setting, providing a wide spectrum of experiences in both allergy and immunology. July 2024 will be our second year accepting fellows, bringing us to a full complement of 4 fellows. We are excited to receive your application and look forward to meeting you during the interview season.

Christopher Chang, MD, PhD, MBA

About Our Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program

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The mission of the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship is to provide adult and pediatric specialty training in Allergy and Immunology. Our Allergy and Immunology services provide equal exposure to both Allergy and Immunology and are also evenly divided between ambulatory and inpatient experiences.

The goal of the Allergy/Immunology Fellowship is to train fellows to become competent, ethical, and compassionate physicians, providing the highest level of care to their patients and families. We want to ensure that our fellows become good managers of healthcare resources and have the requisite clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes to pursue a rewarding career in Allergy and Immunology, while engaging in clinical care, research and education. Our objectives include the provision of a rigorous, flexible, high-quality curriculum led by supportive faculty, staff, and program leadership committed to competency based medical education for each fellow.

Our graduates will advance the overall mission of Memorial Healthcare System which is to heal the body, mind, and spirit of those we touch. We aim for our fellows to act as agents of change, leading the delivery of exceptional care to our diverse South Florida community.

Our excellent faculty hold academic appointments at Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, and Nova Southeastern University and are committed to training our future physicians. Each individual faculty has expertise in specific areas of clinical research and patient care. In addition to creating institutional wide protocols, our faculty lead numerous ongoing research and quality improvement projects.

Fellows receive in-depth experience in the full spectrum of allergic and immunologic diseases for both children and adults. In addition to core rotations in ambulatory and inpatient allergy and immunology services, fellows will participate in our immune dysregulation team, oral immunotherapy service, 22q multidisciplinary clinic, as well as a choice of electives including genetics, infectious disease, otolaryngology, pulmonology, and rheumatology.

We are proud to state that since Graduate Medical Education began at Memorial Healthcare System in 2018, we have achieved a 25% rate of under-represented minority trainees for the GME enterprise as a whole. This is partly due to our location in South Florida which is a very diverse area of the country and the recent emphasis and funding of UME and GME by state government. The faculty and administrative personnel at Memorial Healthcare System also reflect the diversity of South Florida. We will continue to place the same emphasis on diversity for the Allergy/Immunology fellowship program and all future GME programs at Memorial Healthcare System.

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital 

About Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital provides a comprehensive array of pediatric services and is a tertiary and quaternary referral center for the region with over 2,400 transfers, 8,000 admissions, 6,000 pediatric surgeries, 53,000 outpatient visits and 110,000 emergency room (ER) visits per year. The children's hospital combines advanced technology, state-of-the-art facilities and a diverse group of board-certified pediatric specialists, providing a unique experience in a pediatric hospital, embedded within a multi-hospital large community health system. We are currently undergoing a $170 million upgrade and expansion that will double the size of the current hospital and further optimize excellence of care at Memorial Healthcare System.

Memorial Regional Hospital

About Memorial Regional Hospital

Memorial Regional Hospital is a tertiary and quaternary referral center for the South Florida region with 553 beds in its main building. Each year the hospital handles over 45,000 admissions and observations, 120,000 outpatient visits, 100,000 adult ER visits, and almost 5,000 births. As the flagship facility of the Memorial Healthcare System, the hospital is one of the largest in Florida, providing a wide range of treatments and technologies.

Among its renowned programs are:

Memorial Regional Hospital

About Memorial Hospital West

Memorial Hospital West is a 486-bed facility that provides high-quality patient- and family-centered care to patients. This facility offers a comprehensive array of surgical and procedural services, including advanced endovascular cardiac and neurosurgical procedures, orthopedic surgery, bariatric surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, general surgery, surgical oncology, robotic surgery, endoscopic procedures, and a busy obstetric service with a Level 2 neonatal ICU. MHW hosts Moffitt Cancer Center and a dedicated inpatient department of 44 beds for the Moffitt Malignant Hematology and Cellular Therapy program with 68 stem cell transplants and 388 admissions in 2020. The same year, the hospital provided almost 80,000 adult ER visits. The hospital earned Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score “A” Ranking for Patient Safety in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021.

Private Allergy and Immunology Practice

Fellows will also be able to gain experience in the setting of a private Allergy/Immunology practice near our hospital system. This office records over 4,500 visits for adult allergy and 2500 visits for pediatric allergy, as well as over 1170 visits for adult immunology and 600 visits for pediatric immunology per year. The goal is for fellows to be able to gain experience and insight into the practice of allergy/immunology in a community environment.