An allergist is a type of doctor who specializes in the immune system. They provide the medical care and treatment that keeps serious allergies in check. This includes everything from peanut allergies to asthma and other immunodeficiency disorders, some of which can be life-threatening.
Allergists in Philadelphia: Education and Licensing
An allergist is a specialty that doctors can focus on rather than an entirely different profession – at heart, allergists are still doctors.
This means that allergists all have undergraduate degrees and medical degrees from accredited medical schools. After getting their medical degree, allergists have completed a residency program and followed that program up with a two-year specialty fellowship program in allergy and immunology. Those programs often require potential allergists to focus on internal medicine or pediatric care, depending on whether they want to focus their practice on adults or children.
Allergists also have to be licensed and board-certified to practice medicine in the U.S. and in Philadelphia. When an allergist's residency focus has been on adults, that certification comes from the American Board of Internal Medicine. When an allergist focused on pediatric care, it comes from the American Board of Pediatrics.
How Allergists Practice Medicine
Allergists practice medicine across the organizational spectrum, including in:
- Private practice
In these settings, allergists see patients every day who have immune disorders or who are suffering from allergies. Allergists detect, diagnose, and treat these disorders and allergies by running medical exams and tests that uncover sensitivities to certain triggers and that detect signs of a compromised immune system.
Allergists can help patients by diagnosing and treating:
- Food allergies, like an allergy to peanuts or dairy
- Environmental allergies, like pollen or latex
- Allergies to certain kinds of medication
- Autoimmune diseases, like HIV
- Allergic conditions, like eczema or sinusitis
- Medical conditions caused by any one of these allergies
How Allergists Can Commit Medical Malpractice
Allergists can commit medical malpractice whenever they provide medical care that falls below the minimal standard of care expected by someone with their specialty. Because allergists do most of their work diagnosing and treating medical conditions, the vast majority of medical malpractice claims against them are going to revolve around missed diagnoses or incorrect treatment plans.
Missing a diagnosis or making a delayed diagnosis can rise to the level of malpractice if the allergist failed to provide even the minimal quality of medical care. Missed or delayed diagnoses can be life-threatening, especially if the treatment for the incorrect diagnosis makes the actual condition worse.
Allergists can also commit malpractice if they fail to tell patients about the risks of their condition, or if they do not provide the proper treatment after making a correct diagnosis.
Gilman & Bedigian: Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers
When allergists make mistakes, the victims can suffer terrible medical setbacks and conditions. The medical malpractice lawyers at Gilman & Bedigian strive to recover the compensation that those victims need and deserve. Contact us online to get started on your case if you think your allergist committed malpractice.