Allergy & immunology training: what do fellows expect?

Buyuktiryaki B. , Tuncer A., ALTINTAŞ D. U. , MISIRLIGİL Z., ŞEKEREL B. E.

ASTIM ALLERJI IMMUNOLOJI, cilt.12, sa.1, ss.54-58, 2014 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 12 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.54-58


The feedback of fellows is critical for improving training programs. The expectations/perceptions of Allergy/Immunology fellows were investigated through a web based-survey. The majority (91%) of fellows participated (median age: 34 years, interquartile range: 3237 years); 70% were pediatricians. The most common reasons to apply for the fellowship-training were: expectations of higher specialization (76.7%) and pursuing an academic career (73.3%). Though the majority (80%) were satisfied with their decision to apply to a subspecialty program, for one third, the training did not meet their expectations and one fourth perceived that the facilities in their department were not adequate for A/I training. 42% believed that a standardized core curriculum is mandatory, and in addition 86% of fellows desired to attend national and international exchange programs. Future anxiety was reported in 47.4%, but only one fourth are pessimistic about their career in the future. This survey provides interesting insights and feedback to address the shortcomings in training programs.