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Allergy/Immunology in Private Practice?

Discussion in 'Other Subspecialties' started by NoSleepNoProblm, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. NoSleepNoProblm

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    Hey everyone,

    I was just wondering what conditions immunologists who go into private practice treat? I have heard that most (if not all) who go into private practice treat only allergies (mainly food allergies and allergic rhinitis). However, I was wondering if it is possible to treat other immune disorders, such as immuno-deficiencies and lupus, in private practice? Or is private practice only limited to allergies?

    Thanks!

    A lowly pre-med
     
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  3. gutonc

    gutonc No Meat, No Treat
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    A specialist (any specialist) can treat only those patients who walk through their door. The bulk of complicated or high-risk cases (such as immune deficiencies) are going to wind up at the local academic medical center just because those patients are going to be sick and possibly difficult to diagnose. So they're not going to get referred to a PP A/I doc when one exists right there at the hospital.

    But yes, if you have the knowledge and skill to treat rare disease X, and a person with rare disease X comes to see you, you can treat them.

    But you're going to make your boat payments seeing a crapton of people with common diseases A-W and keep yourself from putting a bullet in your head by treating the occasional interesting person who comes in with rare diseases X-Z.
     
  4. Unknown3234

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    It seems to be that way in all medicine though. Outside of the big research centers anyway. Mostly bread and butter with the occasional rare/interesting problem to deal with that keeps you coming back.
     
  5. gutonc

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    Hence my very first sentence where I said this is an issue with almost all specialties.
     

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