Duration of the Elective: 1 month

Number of students: 2

Prerequisites: None

Location(s): Koç University Hospital


Elective Director: Ayse Bilge Özturk

Elective Faculty: Ayse Bilge Özturk, Emek Kocatürk, Ozan Gökler


During Subspecialty Elective patronage in Allergy and Immunology Department, 5th year students attend all routine activities of Allergy practice. Student activities are supervised by the tutors. There are no nightshifts during the elective.

On Wednesday students attend weekly Allergy Journal Club at 12.30. Additionally, on Friday, students attend weekly meeting of Respiratory Medicine between 08.00-09.00. Morning visits start at 8:00, continued by clinics. After a brief introduction for orientation students in the first week, students see patients together with the tutors and discuss every case.

Students attend research activities during the elective. They are encouraged to join a research project that they are interested and carry on after the elective.

Students will also observe spirometry laboratory and allergy tests.


At the end of the elective, 5th year medical student will have a broad understanding on various activities of Allergy practice including allergy tests, allergic respiratory medicine, allergic dermatologic problems, allergic rhinitis and related clinical terminology; and understand clinical features of the subspecialty including drug allergy and anaphylaxis.

Specific objectives are;

… be able to take focused history of a patient with allergy problems,

…. be able to differentiate allergic and non-allergic skin problems,

…. be able to independently manage patients with asthma exacerbation,

…. be able to independently manage patients with acute urticarial,

…. be able to perform basic physical examination of a patient with allergic disease,

…. identify basic landmarks in x-rays and advanced imaging modalities on allergic respiratory problems,

…. be able to comment on allergy results and spirometric tests.

…. be able to comment on drug allergy tests,

…. be able to independently manage patients with allergic rhinitis,

…. be able to perform allergy skin tests,

…. be able to manage anaphylaxis and able to use adrenaline auto-injector.


Student’s medical knowledge, competencies including patient care, communication skills, professionalism and practice-based learning are observed throughout the elective. Although not graded, feedback on these competencies are provided continuously.

Students will present a topic and a related case at the end of the elective.

“KUSOM Clinical Performance Evaluation Form” is used for reporting.