Medical Students

When you train with our faculty, we’ll augment your understanding of allergy, immunology and rheumatology, providing you with essential knowledge that you’ll tap throughout your career.

  • MED 809 Allergy–Clinical Immunology, 4 credits

    During this rotation, students will learn about the diagnosis and management of allergic and immunologic diseases. Particular attention will be directed toward the common respiratory allergies, asthma, food and drug reactions, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, angioedema, hymenoptera sensitivity, autoimmune disorders, and primary and secondary immunodeficiency diseases. The student will attend pediatric and adult clinics each week and will also attend weekly teaching sessions, journal club, and research seminars.

    Upon completion of this rotation, students will have learned to take a history for allergic and immunologic diseases and to perform appropriate physical examination, skin tests, and simple spirometry. They also will learn to formulate a therapeutic program of environmental control, pharmacotherapy including the use of intravenous gamma globulin, and immunotherapy. Additionally, students will become familiar with the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases.

    Students must contact the course coordinator for permission prior to registering.

    Prerequisite: MS3 or MS4 and permission of the department

    Modules: A-M Blocks: 1-4

    Number of students: 1

    Course Director: Sean P. Brady, MD

    Course Coordinator: Michelle Dicenzo

  • MED 812 Rheumatology, 4 credits

    The goal of this rotation is to expose the student to the fundamentals of arthritis and rheumatic diseases.

    This course will include the supervised examination of outpatients and inpatients with a wide variety of rheumatic diseases, the participation in the management of such cases, presentation and discussion of cases, and special rounds and seminars. In addition, the student will explore the scope of the field of rheumatology and its interface with immunology, dermatology, physical medicine, orthopedics, and nephrology.

    At the conclusion of the rotation, students should have acquired skills in the art of locomotion system examination, the procedure of joint aspiration, techniques of polarizing microscopy of crystals, and therapy and prognosis of acute and chronic rheumatic diseases.

    This course is a combined program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Erie County Medical Center. Preferences, if any, for principal hospital base will be accommodated.

    Students must contact the course coordinator for permission prior to registering.

    Prerequisite: MS3 or MS4

    Modules: A-M Blocks: 1-4

    Number of students: 2

    Course Director: Alysia V. Kwiatkowski, DO

    Course Coordinator: Michelle Dicenzo