Allergists, like all doctors, complete 4 years of medical school following college graduation. Then, they complete an intensive residency training program following medical school. Allergists complete either a residency in internal medicine (specialty care of adults) or pediatrics (specialty care of children). Some choose to do a combined residency in both fields. Unlike other doctors, however, allergists then go on to complete a 2, 3, or even 4 year fellowship program in allergy and immunology. These programs combine rigorous research in the field with intense training specifically in allergy and immunology. This prepares the allergist to diagnose and treat allergies of all kinds, diagnose and manage asthma, prepare and manage allergy shots, diagnose and manage complex immunodeficiencies, as well as many other conditions. No other type of doctor receives the same level of specialized training in these areas. Following completion of the fellowship program, allergists must take and pass a rigorous board examination to become board-certified. To keep their skills up to date, allergists have to complete specified activities each year to maintain their certification and must periodically retake the board examination. Only allergists who have completed a fellowship, passed board examinations, and are current with their certification can call themselves “Board-Certified”.
There are many different doctors that can and do manage patient allergies. However, we believe you will find that sometimes, it pays to see a true specialist.
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