To become Board Certified in allergy and immunology, a physician must first complete medical school and residency in either pediatrics or internal medicine.
Once their general training is completed, they must then compete for placement in a two-year Allergy and Immunology Fellowship program, where they focus full time on learning how to properly diagnose and treat allergy, asthma and immunologic disorders.
Following their fellowship, they must then pass a specialized rigorous board exam, administered by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.
They then need to complete 50 hours of certified continuous medical education classes each year to maintain their board certification.
Most patients are not aware of the discrepancy in knowledge and training between a board certified allergist and those without fellowship training; and why should they be?