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Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Selective

Selective Number: (Oasis S24b) 1654

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Larry Borish

Available: all Rotations

Duration: 2 weeks

Report to: Monday: Dr. Commins or dr. Platts-Mills

Tuesday: Dr. Borish

Wednesday: Dr. Heymann

Thursday: Dr. Commins

Friday: Dr. Borish

Time to Report: 8:00 am

Place to Report: Monday - Thursday: Allergy Immunology Clinic at Northridge, 2955 Ivy Rd, Ste. 311

Friday morning: MR 4 Building, Room 5041 - lectures and Journal Club that start about 9 am. Friday afternoon: Fontaine, sinus allergy clinic is required Friday from 1 to 5.

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

Number of students per rotation: 1

Course Description: The selective 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 rotaton 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 informaton and collaboration with patients, their families and other health profesionals; students may provide, under supervision, consultation to physicians in other specialities
  • Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment, carrying out professional responibilities, 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.