Choosing the right allergist/immunologist is very important. After all, it’s your health, and you deserve the most qualified physician to help you. Here are some tips to help you find the most appropriate allergist/immunologist.
First and foremost, make sure you choose someone who is board certified. This can be tricky, because anyone can claim to be a “board certified allergist.” For instance, someone board certified in the specialty of internal medicine can call himself an “allergist” without certification by The American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI). Otolaryngologists (ENTs) often claim to be “board certified allergists” as well, but they too are not certified by the ABAI. Ask about certification by the ABAI, or simply check yourself (www.certificationmatters.org or call 877-ASK-ABMS). You might be surprised. Feel free to check our physicians’ credentials. All of our allergists/immunologists are certified by the ABAI.
Don’t be fooled by flashy websites, billboards around town, and television commercials. Unfortunately, there are physicians in all medical subspecialties that will go to any length to recruit patients. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s much safer to ask your friends, family, or primary care doctor for a referral to someone they have worked with and trust.
Experience and diversity is very important. At Midwest Allergy, we have over 150 combined years of experience in the field of allergy and immunology. All seven of our physicians were educated in different allergy and immunology fellowship training programs.
Convenience is important as well. We know many of our patients lead very busy lives and we strive to make visits to our offices as convenient as possible. We have eight locations in central Ohio with flexible hours to accommodate your needs. As you’ve already seen, our user friendly website can be a valuable tool as well, and we can be found on social media websites.