Handbook> Electives > Allergy & Clinical Immunology > Elective

Electives - Asthma, Allergy and Immunology

Asthma, Allergy and Immunology

Elective Number: 1631

Rotation Supervisors: Drs. Larry Borish

Coordinator: Linda Davis, MR4 room 5086; (434) 924-5917, lmr3g@virginia.edu

Available: All Rotations

Duration: 4 weeks ONLY

Report to: Dr. Borish

Time to Report: 8:00 am

Place to Report: Northridge 3rd Floor, Ste. 311 - Allergy/Asthma/Immunology Clinic

Typical days: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Required reading: American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy (Supplement 1, May-June 2013). Understanding Sinonasal Disease: A Primer for Medical Students and Residents - www.ajra.com

Number of students per rotation: 1

Course Description: The Elective offers experience and instruction in the outpatient evaluation and management of both pediatric and adult asthma, allergic and immunologic diseases.

Disease Characteristics: Students who choose this rotation will become knowledgeable in the diagnosis and management of common allergic diseases including (but not necessarily limited to): asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermititis, urticaia, drug reactions, immunodeficiency and anaphylaxis.

Clinical Procedures: Additionally they will be exposed to the common diagnostic and therapeutic modalities used in the practice of allergy (pulmonary function testing, peak flow monitoring, intravenous immunoglobulin administration, skin testing and immunotherapy).


  • Patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health
  • Medical knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care
  • Practice-based learning and improvement that involves the investigation and evaluation of care for their patients, the appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence and improvements in patient care
  • Interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families and other health professionals; students may provide, under supervision, consultation to physicians in other specialties
  • Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment, carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to patients of diverse backgrounds
  • Systems-based practice, as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.

Time will be divided between the adult and pediatric outpatient practice, as well as inpatient consultation. Students will be taught by required reading material, example and patient encounter through the attending, the fellows, the residents and the nursing staff. Students are expected to use all resources in clinic to learn allergy practice. Time for students to participate in hospital rounds on inpatients and on consult service will be arranged. Attendance at weekly fellow's conferences is expected. The divisional journal club is required from 12:00-noon on Fridays.


  • Monday: Dr. Commins; Dr. Platts-Mills
  • Tuesday: Dr. Borish
  • Wednesday: Dr. Heyman
  • Thursday: Dr. Commins;
  • Friday: Allergy Lecture & Journal club in MR4, room 5041 and afternoon with Dr. Borish at Fontaine)

Independent clinical research is also encouraged. At least a month in advance, submit a Research Proposal (see how to schedule research).