Allergy/Immunology vs. Immunology/Rheumatology

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  1. bigfrank

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    Hi all,

    Can someone PLEASE help me with this question? Let's say that I want to be an "Allergy doc." You know, Asthma, shots, etc. In my area, there really aren't any "Allergy & Immunology" fellowships; rather, they are all "Immunology & Rheumatology."

    I spoke with a representative of several IM programs recently and was told that an "Allergy doc" could become one by either route, though the rheumatology path would make one "overtrained."

    Can someone please comment on this dilemma I seem to be in?

    Thanks, Frank
     
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    To be boarded in Allergy, you need to do a specific Allergy/Immunology fellowship. A immunology/rheumatology fellowship is basically a rheumatology fellowship.
    There are clinical immunologists that only practice things like immunodeficiencies, but they're rare. They mostly go into research.

    The pediatric allergists usually handle inherited immunodeficiencies.

    So if you wanted to become an "allergy doc" then you should definately get an allergy/immunology fellowship after internal medicine or pediatrics.
     

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