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Physician Education

The Section on Allergy and Immunology offers many resources for pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and other health care professionals. If you are looking for an expert to speak at an educational session, refer to the online Speakers Bureau. Additional resources such as slide presentations are offered to section members through the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Member Center.

AAP Clinical Report: Allergy Testing

A clinical report entitled "Allergy Testing in Childhood: Using Allergen-Specific IgE Tests" was authored by our section and published in the January 2012 issue of Pediatrics. This report highlights the importance of having a clinical history and knowledge about the epidemiology and nature of allergens for appropriately selecting and interpreting allergy tests. An accompanying article was included in the January 2012 issue of AAP News to highlight the major points.

The US Food Allergy Guidelines: Getting the Word out to Pediatricians

In December 2010, the Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of food allergy in the United States: Report of the NIAID-Sponsored Expert Panel was published as a supplement to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. A goal of the section is to assist in the dissemination of the pediatric-relevant information. A one-page summary of the guidelines has been developed and was included in the November edition of the AAP News. Please download the summary and share it with your referring physicians.

The Section on Allergy and Immunology Member Center includes access to the Speakers Bureau, electronic mailing list, slide presentations, and information on pediatric issues in allergy and clinical immunology.


Visiting Professor Program - Apply Anytime!
The Section is pleased to accept applications for its Visiting Professor Program (VPP). The VPP provides grants for Pediatric Allergists/Immunologists to visit institutions with accredited Pediatrics residency training programs for one to two days. The Visiting Professor provides lectures, discusses clinical problems, and assists in introducing procedures that may enhance the allergy/immunology training of pediatric house and attending staffs. The grants provide the Visiting Professor with an honorarium and reimbursement for travel, lodging, and meal expenses.

To apply for a Visiting Professor, please print and complete the VPP Application and submit it to Debra Burrowes,, fax 847/434-8000.

Consultation Resources

The SOAI Task Force for promoting appropriate allergy-immunology consultation has developed a concise brochure describing how the allergy/asthma/immunology specialist can help the primary pediatric practitioner with patient management. This single page document clarifies when consultation is appropriate for obvious allergic conditions, but also stresses the value of having the specialist see patients with recurrent symptoms and infections. It was compiled with input from a focus group of general pediatricians. The goal was to provide an easy-to-read resource for consultation that section members could provide to pediatricians in their area.

A generic consultation template has also been developed which should be useful for any specialist evaluation to help clarify the main concerns and to facilitate good communication between practitioners.

These new consultation resources can be accessed here.


Calendar of Educational Programs (top)
Click here to check the schedule for the AAP National Conference & Exhibition and this year's allergy/immunology-related sessions. Also refer to this Web page throughout the year to find registration information and dates of other allergy/immunology conferences and continuing medical education courses.

CME Opportunities (top)
The Pedialink™ CME Finder provides information about numerous live, online, print, and multimedia continuing medical education opportunities for pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and other health care professionals. Search this page for CME opportunities in any topic area. PediaLink™ allows a user to idendify learning needs; develop an individualized learning plan; document, transfer, and store CME credit; and link directly to educational resources.

Online Education (top)
The AAP offers several online educational program for pediatricians and other health care professionals interested in allergy, asthma, and immunology. Learn more about the American Board of Pediatrics-approved asthma module on Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practice (eQIPP) program and the Pediatric Asthma Virtual Journal through this Web page.

Learn more about policy recommendations and national efforts to advocate for childhood asthma outcomes.

Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Clinical Resources

Article: The Role of Pediatricians in School Food Allergy Management
Authored by Drs. Michael Pistiner (SOAI member) and Cynthia Devore (Past Chair, AAP Council on School Health), this article provides helpful guidance and resources for pediatricians, school counselors, and parents regarding food allergies in schools. This article is published in the August 2013 issue of Pediatric Annals.

In August 2007, the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) issued an important update to their 2002 guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma. Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR-3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, Full Report 2007 provides new guidance for selecting treatment based on a patient's individual needs and level of asthma control. The guidelines focus on four components of asthma care: measures to assess and monitor asthma, patient education, control of environmental factors and other conditions that can worsen asthma, and medications.

AAP Fact Sheet on FPIES
A Fact Sheet on Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) was included as an insert in the October 2012 issue of AAP News to further emphasize the importance of improving awareness of this allergic condition. This one-page summary, developed in collaboration with The International Association of Food Protein Enterocolitis, can also be found via the following link:

Books, Brochures, Handouts
The AAP has developed books and pamphlets to address allergy and asthma. Visit this Web page for more information about these publications.

Pediatrics Supplement on the Best Articles Relevant to Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
This annual supplement to the AAP journal, Pediatrics, incorporates reviews of current articles in the field of allergy and immunology into a summary of abstracts (with comments by section reviewers) of the articles felt to be most important for the general pediatrician. In short, this publication helps practicing physicians stay up-to-date in the area of pediatric allergy/immunology without requiring a lot of their time. Click on the link above to access the articles featured in the October 2012 issue. (Note: Membership in AAP is required to access the articles online.)

Pocket Guides for Diagnosing and Managing Asthma
Visit this Web page to view some quick reference guides. Please note: Inclusion of these resources does not imply endorsement by the AAP.

Review surveys that can be helpful in diagnosing and managing asthma.

Join the Section (top)
AAP members are invited to join the Section on Allergy and Immunology. For more information, please visit the section membership page.

The information contained in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Allergy and Immunology Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. Your pediatrician may recommend variations in treatment based on individual facts and circumstances. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the AAP. Reprinted articles do not represent official AAP policy and should not be taken as such.

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