Key Contacts

Residency Training Program Coordinator

Ann-Marie Turner
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

905.521.2100 x73219

Clinical Immunology & Allergy Residency Program

Program Overview

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. A 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.