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ACAAI

is a professional association of 6,000 allergist/immunologists and allied health professionals. Established in 1942, the College is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care in allergy and immunology through research, advocacy and professional and public education.


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Board Relevant Review 2nd Edition for the ABAI Exam Available to Download

New! Full-color and spiral-bound printed version now available
Limited copies of the book are available for purchase.

The second edition (2013) of the ACAAI Review for the Allergy and Immunology Boards is available for download. Please click the title above to access the file.

This text for the ABAI certification and recertification examinations features:

  • Concise topic summaries ideal for quick review
  • Hundreds of color images and tables that enhance study
  • Key facts and mnemonics for easy memorization
  • Embedded flashcards to test critical concepts

 ACAAI Job Source

The ACAAI Job Source  connects members with new employment opportunities, and also lets members post available positions. The Job Source includes all categories of allergy, asthma and immunology personnel. 

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 ACAAI Initiatives and Resources

Learn more about allergies and asthma, read about people who found relief and locate an ACAAI member allergists.

 ACAAI News

Moms of Food-Allergic Kids Need Dietician’s Support

According to a new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, providing parents with detailed, individual advice from a dietician is a key component of effective food allergy care.

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 Ask the Allergist

Ask Dr. James Sublett, ACAAI president, and other ACAAI Experts answer your questions on allergies and asthma!

Are highly refined oils allergenic?

Q: Some months ago I emailed the restaurant chain, Chick-fil-A, to inquire about allergens in their products. I was specifically interested in peanut, tree nut, and sesame allergens. I was directed to the allergen statement on their website. Read more

A: The statement by Chick-fil-A is accurate in that the FDA has a legal document called the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection act of 2004 (FALCPA). The document states that “Under FALCPA, raw agricultural commodities (generally fresh fruits and vegetables) are exempt [from labeling requirements] as are highly refined oils derived form one of the eight major food allergens and any ingredient derived from such highly refined oil.” Read more

Link to Archived Questions and Answers

Disclaimer: This advice is not intended to diagnose or treat, but concerns general recommendations; the archived questions and answers may not reflect all of the current knowledge in our field. As always, consult with your own physician.

 In the News

Study: Asthma, Allergy Patients Misusing Medical Devices

Among metered-dose inhaler users enrolled in a small study, 93 percent missed at least one step and 63 percent missed three or more steps during use, according to a letter in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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Identifying Exacerbation-Prone Elderly Patients with Asthma

After finding no attempt has been made to classify asthma phenotypes in the elderly population, a group of researchers from Korea defined four elderly asthma phenotypes.

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 ACAAI Announcements



Call Congress TODAY – Fix SGR NOW
ACAAI, in cooperation with the American Medical Association, is encouraging members to contact Representatives in Washington DC to urge them to pass an SGR repeal/replace legislation now. Congress is making tangible progress on passing a bi-partisan SGR repeal and replace bill, and we want to keep the pressure on so they finish the job! Call Congress on March 24th to flood offices with the message that SGR must be fixed NOW.

The Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters invites you to review the new DRAFT: Anaphylaxis Practice Parameter. Your suggested revisions and/or comments must be submitted by March 25. Click here for More information.

Optimizing Immunoglobulin Replacement Therapy

Not for Credit. The longstanding need for physicians to personalize immunoglobulin treatment to the individual patient’s needs and desires has been emphasized by the development of newer methods to deliver immunoglobulins. Physicians need to understand the risks and benefits, advantages and disadvantages of each delivery method to provide the best care to their patients. This symposium will provide the clinician with assistance in creating individualized therapy for primary immunodeficiency patients that is based on the most recent data, and takes into consideration the advantages, disadvantages, risks, benefits and side effects of each possible therapeutic option.

Are you UpToDate?
As an ACAAI member, you can save up to 25% on an annual subscription to UpToDate. With your subscription you:
  • have access to more than 10,000 clinical topics covering 22 medical specialties
  • can get a broad overview of a condition or drill down to specific treatment recommendations
  • will earn CME when you research a topic

 CME / MOC

ACAAI awarded ACCME Accreditation with Commendation

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has been resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.

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 Certified CME Activities

 Letters to the Web Editor

Medicare/Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Allergist: Some Third Person Decides Your Fate

We all agree that with the escalating healthcare costs in the US, we must start to deliver healthcare in a more cost effective manner. However, I am NOT convinced that the ACO model as it is currently structured is THE answer or even a viable alternative. Read more

Past Letters to the Web Editor

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 Conferences on Line Allergy (COLA)

Conferences On-Line Allergy (COLA) is a collaborative program with Children’s Mercy Hospitals. COLA's provide access to allergy-related educational experiences for the practicing and academic allergist as well as for primary-care providers and the general public.
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March 2 (Monday)
10:00 am Humoral Immune Response, Christina Ciaccio, MD

March 6 (Friday)
10:00 am Allergy Journal club, David Jara, MD
11:00 am "omics" and allergy, Lanny Rosenwasser, MD

March 9 (Monday)
10:00 am The dynamics of adaptive immunity, Christina Ciaccio, MD
11:00 am Getting published, part 4, Jay Portnoy, MD

March 13 (Friday)
10:00 am Dermatology for the Allergist, Marc Serota, MD
11:00 am The nose and nasal flow/nasal challenges, Jill Hanson, MD

March 16-23: Procedural competencies. No conferences.

March 27 (Friday)
09:00 am Laboratory series. TBA. Charles Barnes, PhD

March 30 (Monday)
10:00 am Mucosal immune system, Christina Ciaccio, MD

 Ask the Expert

"Hypoallergenic" Vs. Feather Bedding: Which Is Better?

Q. Which is preferable as a recommendation for a person with allergies - "hypoallergenic" synthetic bedding or bedding made with natural down/feathers?Read more.

A. Feathers have long been blamed as potential allergens in worsening nasal allergies and asthma. Much of this thinking is a result of case reports showing improvement in symptoms when people limited exposure to feather bedding, rather than any data from controlled clinical trials. Read more.

Ask our expert panel about your challenging allergy/immunology case!

Venom Allergy in Children

Q. I have two questions related to the possibility of stinging insect hypersensitivity in a 2-year old toddler:
1. Can a child of this age be treated with hymenoptera venom immunotherapy?
2. Is hymenoptera venom skin testing indicated in this patient? Read more

A. Young children who have experienced systemic adverse reactions to hymenoptera stings should be treated with hymenoptera venom immunotherapy (VIT). Anaphylactic reactions to stings can occur decades apart, with or without interval stings. Read answers

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