What is an Allergist?

A RECOGNIZED MEDICAL SPECIALIST  DEALING WITH ALLERGIC AND IMMUNOLOGIC DISORDERS: An allergist is a physician specially trained, skilled, and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma, and related immunologic disorders such as hives and eczema.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING- The training of an allergist involves several 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.  The knowledge gained from this advanced/specialized training gives a solid basis for effective treatment of allergic disorders.

BOARD CERTIFIED- To be board certified as an allergist, a physician must first be certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics and then be certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION- Continuing 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, Asthma, and Immunology and/or the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology which help them keep abreast of the latest developments in the field.

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