Fellow Selection: Program in Allergy & Immunology

All applications must be received through the ERAS System.  This ensures consistency of documentation and makes review even and fair.

 This includes Vanderbilt residents in the ABIM Research Pathway that have already been accepted for both residency and fellowship prior to starting internship. These are interviewed and evaluated in the same format as other applicants.

Applicants must come from ACGME-certified, U.S. residency programs.

Applicants are invited to interview based on review of the following criteria:

        Medical school transcripts

        Letters of recommendation

        Research experience (including publications)

        Personal statement (with attention to writing skills)

        Additional degrees (including PhD and MPH degrees)

        USMLE/COMLEX scores

        Awards and honors (including selection for chief residency, AOA)

Applications are reviewed by both the program director and the assistant program director to determine whether to invite an applicant for an interview. In cases of uncertainty, the Division Director is asked to provide guidance.

Applicants who complete the interview process are evaluated in writing by all faculty with whom they interview and scored using a standard system applied to all interviewees.  Fellows who have worked with or helped entertain applicants are invited to submit comments.

At the completion of the interview season, interview scores are averaged, and applicants are discussed at a faculty wide ranking session. A final scoring from all faculty who participate in the ranking session is used to rank applicants for the match.  

The final rank list may be modified by the program director and division director based on the availability of additional data, such as outside faculty phone recommendations and priorities/needs of the program/division.

The final rank list is submitted to the National Resident Match Program in accordance with their policies.


When the Allergy & Immunology Program Director wishes to consider accepting a resident with previous graduate medical education training into a position beyond the normal entry in the program, the Program Director must first contact the Program Director of the resident’s current (or  immediate past) program. Our Program Director must receive written verification of the previous educational experiences and a statement regarding the performance evaluation of the transferring resident, including an assessment of competence in the following areas:

• Patient Care

• Medical Knowledge

• Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

• Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Programs will select only from among the pool of eligible applicants, evaluating each applicant on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and qualities such as motivation, honesty, and integrity. Residents/fellows must also qualify for licensure or exemption for licensure under the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners requirements.

  In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; its admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other University-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation consistent with the University nondiscrimination policy.   All requisite prior training must be successfully completed prior to beginning any residency or fellowship program.

All applicants that are granted interviews will be interviewed in person, or if extenuating circumstances make that impossible, by telephone. The program director evaluating residents or fellows attempting to transfer from other educational programs (prior to completion of training offered in that discipline in that institution) will directly contact the referring program director, chair, and/or other appropriate references to assess the educational qualifications of the resident or fellow prior to making any offer of employment. A final letter of evaluation and recommendation must be obtained from the referring program for all residents or fellows entering Vanderbilt programs after completing some phase of training in another institution.