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Allergist and immunologist

Allergist and Immunologist

Gabriana Beckford


Description

Description

  • The specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma, allergies, eczema, and diseases of the immune system

  • Patients may see allergists or immunologists for…

    • Autoimmune disorders

    • Environmental allergies

    • Insect allergies

    • Food allergies

    • Medication allergies

    • Latex allergies


Additional responsibilities

Additional Responsibilities

  • Immunologists may study and work on preventing transplant rejection for those who have had organs transplanted

  • Work individually or in groups of other immunologists, allergists, and nursing staff

  • Work in an office setting and travel frequently to other hospitals and offices to care for patients


Duties and responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Examine patients

  • Diagnose diseases and conditions relating to allergens and the immune system

  • Order or perform various procedures and tests

  • Prescribe and administer medications and treatments

  • Teach patients about preventative medicine


Earnings and advancement

Earnings and Advancement

  • Among the highest paid occupations (approximately $248,527 annual earnings in 2011)

  • Earnings are dependent on…

    • Geographic location, whether the allergist/immunologist has a private practice or has a paid salary, the number of years practiced, personality, skill, and reputation as a professional

  • Possible to earn…

    • Paid vacations, holidays, and sick days

    • Retirement benefits

    • Life and health insurance

    • Paid educational leave

  • If self-employed, a health insurance plan and

    retirement plan must be arranged by the self-employer


Education

High School Recommended Classes:

Algebra

Biology

Chemistry

College Preparatory

English

Geometry

Health Science Technology

Humanities

Mathematics

Physics

Physiology

Science

Sociology

Statistics

Trigonometry

Required Education:

Doctoral Degree

Doctor of Medicine Degree

Doctor of Osteopathy Degree

Allergy and Immunology Residency

Minimum of three year college (most have Bachelor’s degree)

Education


Additional requirements and training

Additional Requirements and Training

  • Licensed to practice medicine

    • Need to be graduated from a credited medical school

    • Pass licensing exam

    • Complete graduate medical exam

    • Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

    • Letters of recommendation to be accepted into a medical school

    • Four years of medical school, followed by a completed internship and up to three years in a residency

    • May spend an extra one or two years in an allergy and immunology fellowship

  • It is required by most states now for allergists and immunologists 150 continuing education credits for license renewal every three years


Employment opportunities

Employment Opportunities

  • Volunteering in hospitals/doctor’s offices

  • Part-time work in hospitals/doctor’s offices

    • May help to decide whether a medical career is rewarding

  • Possible positions include…

    • Hospitals

    • Clinics

    • State and federal agencies and universities

      • Consult directly with…

        • Potential employers

        • Professional journals

        • Medical school placement offices


Future outlook

Future Outlook

  • Through the year 2018, the occupation is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations

    • Employment is expected to increase 20 % or more

      • Continued growing in healthcare industry

  • Demand for physicians keeps increasing as consumers look for higher levels of care with the newest technology, tests, and therapies


Colleges

Colleges

  • Allergy and Immunology is not a major, however, some colleges with related majors, such as pre-medicine studies and medicine studies include…

    • University of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, Ohio

    • Florida State University: Tallahassee, Florida

    • University of Southern California: Los Angeles, California


Additional information

Additional Information

  • May work long, irregular hours

  • May work normal office hours with an emergency answering service for the evenings and the weekends

  • Often on call and answer questions over the phone

  • May make emergency trips to hospitals in order to treat patients


Skills and personal characteristics

Skills and Personal Characteristics

  • Communication Skills:

    • Effective speaker

    • Concise writer

    • Attentive listener

    • Good reader

    • Expressive with thoughts and ideas

  • Interpersonal/Social Skills:

    • Ability to remain calm

    • Ability to work independently

    • Cooperative with others

    • Provider of support to others


Allergist and immunologist

  • Ability to work as a team member

  • Sensitive towards others

  • Patient

  • Good judgment

  • Objective

  • Persistent

  • Organization and Management Skills:

    • Ability to handle challenging situations

    • Ability to make decisions

    • Ability to manage people/groups

    • Ability to pay attention to details and handle details

    • Ability to perform frequent-changing duties

    • Ability to manage time

    • Demonstrates leadership


  • Allergist and immunologist

    • Research and Planning Skills:

      • Ability to develop evaluation strategies

      • Uses logical reasoning

      • Ability to identify problems

      • Ability to identify resources

      • Ability to gather information

      • Ability to solve problems

      • Ability to analyze information

    • Technical Skills:

      • Ability to perform scientific, mathematical, and technical work

    • Work Environmental Skills:

      • Ability to work in a medical setting


    Physical abilities

    Physical Abilities

    • Ability to see and hear well, whether it be naturally or with correction

    • Good color vision

    • Ability to communicate and understand effectively

    • Ability to fully use hands and fingers

    • Ability to reach for objects, handle objects, and feel objects

    • Ability to cope with stressful and emotional situations calmly

    • Ability to kneel, stoop, crouch

    • Ability/stamina to work long hours


    Works cited

    Works Cited

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