If you browse online, you might be confused about what an allergist really is. At Boise Valley Asthma & Allergy Clinic, all we practice is asthma and allergy, and our three physicians are all certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI), which is no small task.
An allergist/immunologist is a physician specially trained to manage and treat allergies and asthma. An allergist certified by the ABAI graduates with an M.D., undergoes a full three-year residency in internal medicine or pediatrics, goes through an additional 2-3 year fellowship in adult and pediatric allergy and immunology, and then passes a comprehensive American Board of Allergy and Immunology examination.
Since learning is a life-long process, all of the allergists at BVAAC maintain board certification in allergy and immunology with a comprehensive ABAI-sponsored on-going program called Maintenance of Certification with recertification every 10 years. The rigorous program Maintenance of Certification consists of four parts: Professional standing, Self-Assessmnent, Cognitive expertise, and Practice Assessment/Quality Improvement. Therefore, you can rest assured that your allergist brings the very latest knowledge and skills to you as a patient.
Because of this extensive training and experience in allergic illnesses, asthma, and immunology, an allergist certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology is very well qualified to manage the entire spectrum of allergic, asthmatic, and immunologic conditions in all age groups. Studies show that those patients taken care of by an allergist/immunologist certified by the ABAI also have fewer emergency room visits and have better controlled allergies and/or asthma.