1. Why did you apply for a fellowship?I wanted to gain additional knowledge about allergic diseases in the pediatric population, especially food allergies, immunology, and specially immunotherapy.
2. What did you like about your fellowship?It is a difficult question … of course the opportunity to meet new people, facing their knowledge and experience, the new methods I learned, the city…
3. Which advantages did the fellowship bring you?In particular, comprehension about immunotherapy and food allergies in children and the possibility of being involved in interesting projects related to these topics. In my case, it was a great experience to work closely with Kirsten Beyer and Susanne Lau.
4. Would you do a fellowship again?Of course! Again and again! Each centre differs and can teach you different methods, or have various attitudes to the same clinical or scientific problems …
5. What do you recommend for someone who would like to do a fellowship?Do not hesitate and do not postpone such an opportunity to choose the right centre where you can acquire new knowledge. Also, if someone receives a fellowship I would recommend them to be friendly, open-minded, and to enjoy the new experience!
Anca Mirela Chirac (Romania) won the EAACI Clinical Fellowship Award. She spent three months at the University Hospital of Montpellier, France, in summer 2011.
1. Why did you apply for a fellowship?It’s the simplest answer of all: I really just wanted to see how allergology is practised elsewhere.
2. What did you like about your fellowship?The fact that I was able to work a lot, in an enriching environment, both professionally and in human terms. I met doctors from all over the world, some in training, some senior allergists. It’s an experience that can hardly be put into words, but living it leaves no doubt: it’s a cornerstone in a junior’s journey to discover their potential.
3. Which advantages did the fellowship bring you?First of all, it confirmed to me, beyond any doubt, that I do want to be an allergist and that all my future efforts will go into being a valuable one. It is a beautiful specialty, nevertheless, in certain parts of Europe, it is not yet totally recognised as being one. And for a junior allergist, this might be frustrating and not too easy to accept. This is where the meeting with a mentor comes in and the Clinical Fellowship Award facilitates such an encounter. And please, let me take this opportunity to thank my mentor for everything that he has taught me.
4. Would you do a fellowship again?I definitely would! It’s an amazingly enriching period that can give such a boost to a junior allergist. It’s our chance to prove ourselves, to make contacts with our peers, and to progress.
5. What do you recommend for someone who would like to do a fellowship?Be informed about the activities your host department is involved in. Read about their work, because that will allow you to benefit from this experience from the very beginning. As much as possible, be familiar with the language of your host country to enable direct, valuable contact with the patients, who in turn will teach you so much, beyond the theoretical aspects we all find in books.
Roman Fishchuk (Ukraine) was awarded the EAACI Short Term Research Fellowship Award. During autumn 2011, he joined the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in Ghent, Belgium.