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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:55 pm 
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Someone in my family (not me) was referred to an "allergist" by her family doc. This person has a sign indicating that he is a "pediatrician" and an "allergist." I looked up the doctor's name on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario website, and his specialty is Pediatrics. Nothing is mentioned there about allergy and immunology / clinical immunology / internal medicine. I've seen this before (I went to a similar doctor when I was in highschool).

Can a doctor who does allergy testing claim to be an "allergist"??? Or does an allergist actually have to specialize in clinical immunology.

My family member did *not* have a good experience with this doctor.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:00 am 
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I would want to know if they are members of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Dr's refer you to those they the know. Search out whom you'd like to be refered to and request they make the referal.
http://www.csaci.ca/index.php?page=326

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:55 pm 
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Thanks Susan. There is one allergist in our area...and only one (although there are a number a 45 minute drive away.) It is more of an issue of this person having to go back to her family doc and getting another referral and having to *wait* a long time....when she has had reactions to mystery foods. This is after she has already gone through this process. Obviously, there is nothing else that can be done, but she is wondering if this person should be advertising that he is an "allergist." And why would a pediatrician be seeing adults?


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