An allergist / immunologist is a doctor who is trained in the diagnosis, treatment and management of allergies, asthma and immunologic disorders.
What Credentials do Allergists Have?
The path to becoming an allergist is long – it requires at least nine years of training beyond a bachelor’s degree. After earning a medical degree, physicians must complete a three-year training in either internal medicine or pediatrics. They must then pass an exam from either the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics.
Following this training, doctors must complete a fellowship in an allergy/immunology training program, which takes at least two more years.
Finally, allergists may choose to be board certified. This requires passing a certifying exam by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. In addition, many of those individuals have achieved the rank of Fellow within the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). When you see “FAAAAI” alongside “MD” you know that your allergist / immunologist has met many of the highest standards in the field.
Who Do Allergists Work With?
Board certified allergists / immunologists can diagnose and treat patients of all ages. They manage allergies, asthma and immunologic disorders including primary immunodeficiency. They work in diverse settings such as hospitals, clinics and private practices. They often work alongside otolaryngologists (ENT).