Why Choose a Board-Certified Allergist?

Susan P. Raschal, DO
Susan P. Raschal, DO
Board-Certified Allergist

Why should you choose to see a board-certified allergist?

An allergist-immunologist is a physician who has successfully completed an accredited educational program in allergy and immunology. A board-certified allergist also holds a certification from the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. This is not a task that is an instant achievement.

What does it take to become a board-certified allergist? It takes at least an additional nine years beyond a bachelor's degree to obtain the certification. First, medical school takes about four years. Then, a physician must complete residency training in either internal medicine, pediatrics, or both for an additional three to four years. Next, she must pass one or both certification exams, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) or the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). After passing the exam, she is required to complete an accredited pediatric and adult allergy-immunology fellowship training program for two to three years. After all of the following is completed, they will be allowed to take the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) certification exam. If they pass, then she is considered a board-certified allergist.

We are so thankful that our very own Dr. Raschal has completed a four year residency, a three year fellowship and is a board-certified pediatric and adult allergist. You can read more about her bio here.