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Allergy is derived from the Greek word allo, meaning
"other or different" and ergon, meaning, "work." In this
sense, allergy is something that "works differently" from normal.
Immunity is derived from the Latin word immunitas, meaning "an
exemption from taxes or public or military service." In the late
19th century, when knowledge of toxins and infection evolved, the
meaning was extended to persons "exempt from" or protected against
the onslaught of foreign substances and were said to be
Allergy and immunology involves the management of disorders
related to hypersensitivity or altered reactivity caused by the
release of immunologic mediators or by activation of inflammatory
Important procedural skills include spirometry and spirometric
response to irritant challenges and bronchodilators, rhinoscopy,
drug desensitization protocols, immediate skin tests for
IgE-related reactions, patch tests, and prick and intradermal skin
Allergy and Immunology fellowship training requires two years of
accredited training beyond general internal medicine residency in
an accredited Allergy and Immunology fellowship training
Dual certification can be obtained in the specialties of
Rheumatology and Allergy and Immunology after a minimum of three
years of training following the general internal medicine residency
program. At least one year must be devoted to full- time clinical
Rheumatology training in an accredited program. At least 18 months
must be devoted to full-time allergy/immunology training in an
accredited Allergy and Immunology fellowship-training program.
Weekly attendance for 18 consecutive months in an ambulatory care
program supervised by Rheumatology faculty must be included in the
The American Board of Allergy and Immunology offers
certification in this specialty.
For the 2011-2012 academic year, there are 72 ACGME-acredited
training programs with 298 trainees. Last year, there were 73
ACGME-accredited training programs in Allergy and Immunology with
294 trainees. Sixty percent of the trainees were female, and 80%
were U.S. medical graduates.
Major Professional Societies
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
85 West Algonquin Road, Suite 550
Arlington Heights, IL 60005http://www.acaai.org/
American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
555 East Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823http://www.aaaai.org/
and Asthma Proceedings
and Experimental Allergy
Allergy and Clinical Immunology
September 2011 Issue of IMpact
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