AIFP Conferences and Meetings
Fellows are expected to regularly attend divisional allergy and immunology conferences.
Introduction to Clinical Allergy (Jumpstart Series):
During the month of July faculty and senior allergy fellows review key clinical topics with incoming first year fellows including rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, atopic dermatitis, chronic urticaria, food allergy, drug allergy, immunodeficiency, stinging insect hypersensitivity and anaphylaxis. The goal of this course is to provide new first year fellows the broad basic knowledge base necessary to effectively take care of their clinical patients. This broad overview also provides the foundation on which they will build their expert knowledge base over the two years of clinical and research training.
Allergic Disease Conference:
This weekly CME conference covers clinical as well as basic science topics. Presentations are given by faculty and fellows on a rotational basis. Periodically, invited national level speakers will also present at this conference.
This Friday afternoon meeting rotates among topics including case presentations, journal club, board review/core curriculum and clinical trials conference.
Basic Immunology Course:
This intensive review is mentored by Dr. Stokes Peebles. Fellows review the Abbas text under Dr. Peebles direction during each academic year. This affords fellows the opportunity to formally review the core curriculum in immunology twice during their training.
In addition to the above conferences, fellows are encouraged to attend select divisional pulmonary conferences when possible.
Division Research Conference:
This Monday noon conference is a showcase for completed research projects and research in progress by the faculty and fellows of the Center for Lung Research. The conference also features speakers from other divisions and departments within the University and guest speakers from outside Vanderbilt. The one-hour luncheon meeting typically includes presentation of research results, discussions of experimental design and methods, and suggestions from the audience for future studies.
Fellows Research Conference:
Part of this Friday meeting is designed for fellows and faculty performing clinical research or with an interest in clinical research. Inclusion of clinicians, basic scientists, nurse research coordinators, biostatisticians and data handling experts provides a multi-disciplinary approach to designing and conducting clinical trails. Study design, and problem solving for ongoing studies are the main topics of discussion. 1-2 times per month a journal club, using the McMaster analytical format is presented by one of our fellows. A lively discussion always follows.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting:
Considered by many to be the premier international scientific meeting in allergy and immunology, this yearly meeting is held in early spring in a major U.S. city. Participants from across the country and around the world present research abstracts in poster and oral presentation sessions. Also, an extensive offering of basic science and clinical CME sessions is available to participants. Vanderbilt allergy and immunology fellows are expected to submit a research abstract for presentation at the meeting during the second year of training.
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting:
This yearly meeting is held in the fall of the year in a major U.S. city. The focus of the meeting is primarily clinical. Fellows often find this meeting of great value as they build their knowledge base in clinical allergy and immunology.
Southeastern Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society:
Fellows are invited to submit an abstract and attend this annual fall meeting where they are exposed to national speakers as well as local and regional allergists/immunologists. This meeting serves as an additional opportunity for learning cutting edge knowledge as well as a platform for networking with the regional allergy and immunology community.
Tennessee State Allergy and Immunology Society Meeting:
Fellows are invited to submit an abstract and attend this annual late summer meeting where they are exposed to national speakers as well as local and regional allergists/immunologists. This meeting serves as an additional opportunity for learning cutting edge knowledge as well as a platform for networking with the state allergy and immunology community.