Allergy & Immunology Training: What do Fellows Expect?

Bülent Büyüktiryaki
Ayfer Tuncer
Derya Ufuk Altıntaş
Zeynep Mısırlıgil
Bülent Enis Şekerel

Abstract

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: 32- 37 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.

Keywords

Fellow, speciality, survey, training
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