What is an
allergist is a physician specially trained, skilled and experienced
in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma and related
immunologic disorders such as hay fever, hives and eczema.
effective treatment of allergic disorders must be solidly based on
advanced training. The training of an allergist involves at
least 9 years of intense study--4 years of medical school, followed
by 3 years of training in internal medicine or pediatrics, plus
2 more years of specialized training in allergy and immunology. As
a result of this extensive study and training, an allergist is the
best-qualified medical professional to effectively manage the comprehensive
needs of patients with allergic disease.
be be board certified as an allergist, a physician first must be
certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American
Board of Pediatrics and then certified again by the American Board
of Allergy and Immunology, which requires an 8-hour written examination
on the anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, diagnosis and
treatment of allergic and immunologic disorders.
medical education is essential to maintaining competence in this
specialty, where advances in knowledge are proceeding at a fast pace. The
allergist must spend many hours reading medical journals and attending
clinical conferences. Many allergists are members of the American
Academy of Allergy and Immunology and/or the American
College of Allergy and Immunology, which helps them keep abreast
of latest developments in the field.