The need for instruction in otolaryngic allergy as an integral part of residency training is mandated by the American Board of Otolaryngology, which requires of its candidates "knowledge, skill, and understanding" in allergy and immunology "relevant to the head and neck", and by the Residency Review Committee, which further specifies "training in the concepts and technique of allergy therapy."1 It is unfortunate that a preponderance of residents receive inadequate exposure to this subspecialty. In 1982, the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) surveyed training program directors on the allergy and immunology instruction provided to residents. One half of the otolaryngology-head and neck surgery programs in the United States and Canada responded. Of these, 58% had little or no allergy/immunology in their curricula and another 34% devoted some brief time to this subject. Only 8% met the minimum instructional guidelines recommended by the AAOA.
The AAOA recommendations for the minimum
OSGUTHORPE JD. Allergy and Immunology Training in Otolaryngology Residency Programs. Arch Otolaryngol. 1985;111(12):779–780. doi:10.1001/archotol.1985.00800140023002
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