Clinical Immunology & Allergy

Residency Program at McMaster

The aim of the Clinical Immunology and Allergy Program is to develop the skills necessary for a trainee to become a consultant in this area of clinical medicine. The program is approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The main institutions of involvement are the McMaster University Medical Centre and the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Care at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Students wishing to become accredited in this area are expected to do two years of training.

The general goal of the program is to develop the postgraduate student in a flexible fashion adapted to the requirements of the Royal College and the particular trainee. Sound background of immunology theory and practice are supplied, including a foundation for basic or applied research in allergy and immunology. In addition to core training in adult and pediatric clinical immunology and allergy, electives include:

  • Rheumatology
  • Dermatology
  • Respirology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Transplant immunology
  • Occupational health
  • HIV medicine

It is expected that students in this program familiarize themselves with all tests of immune function relevant to the clinical situation encountered both through clinical exposure and laboratory rotations.

Research projects, in which basic or applied immunology and allergy questions are being explored, are an ongoing significant part of the training program in this specialty area. Clinical rounds, seminars, journal clubs and courses at various levels in immunobiology create a unique atmosphere of academic excellence. A critical mass of faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines constantly affords the trainee a high quality, peer-reviewed structure.

Specific areas of clinical and basic investigative interest include cytokines and growth factors in acute and chronic inflammation, neuroimmunology, gastrointestinal immunology, reproductive immunology, virology and HIV biology, vaccine development, immunogenetics, immunodermatology and autoimmunity.

Dr. Michael Cyr, Residency Training Program Director
Dr. Michael Cyr, Residency Training Program Director
Dr. Jaclyn Quirt, Deputy Program Director
Dr. Jaclyn Quirt, Deputy Program Director
Dr. David Fahmy, Education Coordinator
Dr. David Fahmy, Education Coordinator



Welcome

The goal of the McMaster Clinical Immunology and Allergy program is to train residents to become highly qualified experts in the subspecialty. Residents will be competent to see the full spectrum in the specialty including allergic disease, immunodeficiency and immunoregulatory disease in both pediatric and adult patient populations. Residents will obtain the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective patient-centred evidence-based care and service to a diverse population including in-patient and ambulatory settings. In all aspects of specialist practice, residents will be able to address issues of gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, culture and ethnicity in a professional and ethical manner. Residents will become fully familiar with the methodology, application, and interpretation of a wide variety of investigative/diagnostic tests applicable to the practice of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Residents will demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills, research experience, clinical and academic excellence.



Entry Requirements

The program seeks applicants who are dedicated to delivering high-quality care and who are enthusiastic about Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Successful candidates will have demonstrated strong clinical skills and excellence in all CanMeds 2015 roles. They are motivated to be involved in scholarly work. They have demonstrated the ability to interact in a professional manner with patients and colleagues. 

Residents can be considered for training in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at McMaster University if they have completed at least three years of training in an approved Internal Medicine or Pediatric  Residency Training Program. Residents who are unsure of their eligibility for our program should contact the Postgraduate Medical Education Program prior to contacting the Clinical Immunology and Allergy program.

Residents who are eligible for the Ontario Ministry of Health-funded training positions must apply through the Canadian Residency Matching Service. Information about the application process can be obtained by visiting the McMaster Internal Medicine Residency Training Program website and the CaRMS website. All other potential trainees, including those who graduated from non-Canadian medical schools, should contact the Postgraduate Medical Education Program for specific advice about their eligibility for training at McMaster University. Further information is available from The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario website.

Applications must include:

  • A minimum of three letters of reference including one from the resident’s core Internal Medicine or Pediatrics Program Director
  • Undergraduate and medical school transcripts
  • A personal letter
  • A curriculum vitae

Applicants who will not be funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health (e.g. international medical graduates, those requiring a work authorization permit) will also need to provide details about their sponsorship and demonstrate successful completion of the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination. Residents currently training outside of Canada, or who are uncertain of their eligibility to train at McMaster, should review the requirements for training found at the Postgraduate Medical Education Program website. Applicants for non-Ontario Ministry of Health-funded positions should send their application package directly to the Postgraduate Medical Education Program office before September 1st to confirm training eligibility.



Application Deadline

Please refer to the Pediatric and Internal Medicine Subspecialty CaRMS timelines for yearly deadlines.


Program Overview

The goal of the McMaster Clinical Immunology and Allergy program is to train residents to become highly qualified experts in the subspecialty. Residents will be competent to see the full spectrum in the specialty including allergic disease, immunodeficiency and immunoregulatory disease in both pediatric and adult patient populations. Residents will be trained in the physiology, pathology, differential diagnosis, and treatment of such diseases with an understanding of the therapeutic modalities including mechanisms of action, dosing, adverse effects, and costs of therapy. Residents will obtain the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective patient-centred care and service to a diverse population including in-patient and ambulatory settings. In all aspects of specialist practice, residents will be able to address issues of gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, culture and ethnicity in a professional and ethical manner. Finally, residents will become fully familiar with the methodology, application, and interpretation of a wide variety of investigative/diagnostic tests applicable to the practice of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.



Objectives

Adult & Pediatric Allergy/ Clinical Immunology Rotation
Community Allergy/ Clinical Immunology Rotation
Dermatology Rotation for Allergy/ Clinical Immunology
Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) Allergy/ Clinical Immunology Rotation
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Medicine
Immunodeficiency Diseases Rotation for Allergy/ Clinical Immunology
Laboratory Rotation for Allergy/ Clinical Immunology
Occupational Medicine
Respirology Rotation for Allergy/ Clinical Immunology
Rheumatology Rotation for Allergy/ Clinical Immunology
Senior Resident Clinic Allergy/ Clinical Immunology Rotation
Resident Occupational Health and Safety Policy
Bone Marrow Transplantation
Solid Organ Transplantation


 


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Please contact us in immunres@mcmaster.ca

Michael Mark Cyr

MD, FRCPC
Medicine, Clinical Immunology & Allergy
Cyr, Michael
Associate Clinical Professor
Clinical Immunology & Allergy Residency Training Program Director


mcyr@mcmaster.ca


David Fahmy

MD, FRCPC
Medicine, Clinical Immunology & Allergy
Fahmy, David
Assistant Clinical Professor
Clinical Immunology & Allergy Residency Program Education Coordinator


fahmyd@mcmaster.ca


Jaclyn Quirt

MSc, MD, FRCPC
Medicine, Clinical Immunology & Allergy
Quirt, Jaclyn
Assistant Clinical Professor
Clinical Immunology & Allergy Residency Deputy Program Director


quirtj@mcmaster.ca