A Word from the President

Shaping professional development to work for you

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July 16, 2018

This spring, the College’s thought-leaders in education gathered in Chicago for the second Education Summit. On the agenda was a review of our current professional development offerings, and a goal to develop a three-year blueprint to guide the College’s future education activities.

Background for the work during the summit included what we heard from College members about their needs and wants and collected from evaluations, surveys and more. We looked at not only your feedback, but also gaps in our existing programs to make sure that our professional development offerings are shaped just for you. 

Food allergy: fact versus fiction

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April 16, 2018

Food allergy has always been a hot topic for both allergists and patients. It’s a highly life-altering allergy to live with, so naturally patients have a lot of concerns and questions. There are several new treatment modalities coming into play, so allergists have a lot of questions as well. It’s also a topic that gets a lot of attention in the press, who cover everything from allergy bans to reactions due to kissing. As a result, there are a lot of ‘myths’ and misinformation floating around in the cultural consciousness.

An old tool takes on new meaning

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March 19, 2018

We’re all familiar with the classic wooden yardstick, a tool you always want to have around. What exactly do wooden rulers have to do with medicine? Yardsticks, in this context, represent a standard guideline, a touchstone, a point of reference. The College is dedicated to developing yardsticks to help guide your patient treatment decisions. College member experts and others work together to author these helpful tools. The College yardsticks include:

Sharing the decision – putting patients first

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February 19, 2018

As Bela Schick said, “First the patient, second the patient, third the patient, fourth the patient, fifth the patient, and then maybe comes science.

In years past, patients didn’t question doctors. That’s not the case anymore. Our patients engage in their health care. They are informed. They come to their appointments and tell us about new treatments they’ve heard about and want to know if those treatments are right for them.

Our role is one of informing versus telling. Informing our patients of the risks and benefits of any treatment can only help them make the right decision for them.

Reducing the burden of prior authorizations

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January 15, 2018

It’s a new year and a new round of headaches in obtaining prior authorizations for our patients’ medications. Let’s look at three issues practicing allergists face every day and especially at the start of each year.

First, formularies change frequently, and especially in January after insurance companies have made new deals with employers for coverage. I hope you like solving puzzles, because each insurance company likely has a new set of prior authorization rules – and it’s up to allergy practices to figure them out. This results in needing to, yet again, get prior authorizations for existing patients to continue their medications, or be shifted to different medications which are now covered because the ones they were previously on are no longer covered.  Is your head spinning yet?

Are you a future leader?

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December 18, 2017

Not everyone is naturally comfortable being a leader. And that’s only one reason why the College is hosting its Leadership Summit, Generation Next, for the second year in a row. The Summit, which is for allergists 45 years or younger or who have been in practice 10 years or less, is designed to help young, up-and-coming allergists get more involved in the College. It’s also a great way to take home important leadership skills tailored specifically for allergists.