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Certification from the American Board of Allergy and Immunology requires a valid medical license, proof of residency completion, and written evaluation from the residency director. The evaluation reviews the candidate's clinical judgment, attitude, professional behavior, and other work skills and habits. The certification exam tests the candidate's knowledge of the immune system, human pathology, and the molecular basis of allergic and other immune reactions. The candidate must also show an understanding of diagnostic tests and therapy for immunologic diseases. Dual certification is also available in allergy/immunology and pediatric pulmonology, adult rheumatology, and pediatric rheumatology. There are about 5,600 board-certified allergists/immunologists in the United States.

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