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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 -like hay fever, hives, and eczema.
The 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.
To be board certified as an allergist, a physician 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.
Continuing medical education is essential to maintaining competence in this specialty, where advances in knowledges are proceeding at a fast pace. An allergist must spend many hours reading medial journals and attending clinical conferences. Our providers are members of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, which helps them keep abreast of latest developments in the field.