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It cannot have been more clearly emphasized over the last year through the House of Lords Science and Technology Report on Allergy that there is a great need for more allergy training in both primary and secondary care and that it should be available to all practitioners who play a role in managing patients with allergies. This will include hospital doctors, GPs, nurses and dieticians and should have a strong clinical base while promoting understanding and knowledge of the immunological mechanisms underlying the manifestations of allergic disease. However most of the healthcare professionals who have the task of managing these patients already have busy and demanding careers and lives. Postgraduate study is often very different to undergraduate learning as it has to be carried out in conjunction with juggling an ever growing mountain of other commitments and responsibilities. With this in mind we have developed a completely new Masters course in Allergy at Imperial College London with support from the MRC & Asthma UK Centre of Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma at Imperial College and King?s College London. The programme will employ the most up-to-date e-learning technology enabling students to perform most of their learning at a place and time suited to them following an initial face to face learning experience in London meeting each other and the internationally renowned tutors, spending time in allergy clinics, and establishing a group dynamic and working practice. The e-learning will take the form of virtual patients, quizzes, audio and video podcasts, flash animations to help understanding of immunological mechanisms, text links to internal and external learning resources and online tutorials and discussion fora. There will be an electronic cell library for students to create their own diagrams using the same illustrations as the tutors (Figure). Each week of the modules will have a theme using the above tools and will culminate in a self-assessment task to ensure that the learning objectives have been achieved. The activities can be accessed at any time via the web. Students will initially register for a Postgraduate Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Allergy. The CAS consists of 3 modules which are all core to the programme and comprise a 9 month part-time course. These are: The Scientific Basis of Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergic Disease The Cutting Edge of Allergy Having successfully completed the CAS students have the opportunity to continue to the MSc. The MSc in Allergy consists of 8 modules: The Certificate of Advanced Study Modules A Research Project leading to Dissertation including training in research methods and statistics And a choice of 4 out of: ? Allergic Airways Disease ? Rhinitis and Hayfever ? Allergic Skin Disease ? Allergic Gastrointestinal Disease ? Food Hypersensitivity ? Paediatric Allergy The research methods and statistics training and the 4 optional modules are all studied in Year 2 of the programme. The research project can either be performed during year 2 or over years 2 and 3. More details can be found on the programme website: http:www1.imperial.ac.ukmedicineteachingpostgraduatetaughtcoursesallergy Application forms for the course can be found at: https:apply.embark.comgradimperialgrad39default.asp

It cannot have been more clearly emphasized over the last year through the House of Lords Science and Technology Report on Allergy that there is a great need for more allergy training in both primary and secondary care and that it should be available to all practitioners who play a role in managing patients with allergies. This will include hospital doctors, GPs, nurses and dieticians and should...

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