The EAACI-AAAAI-WAO Junior Members’ joint survey: A worldwide snapshot of Allergy and Clinical Immunology specialty

the EAACI JMs Assembly Board, the AAAAI FIT Committee, the WAO Junior Members Steering Group

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Abstract

Background: Education and training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology (A/I) are characterized by a great variability worldwide. However, objective and worldwide data regarding this topic are lacking. Methods: To investigate personal information, education, and involvement in scientific societies of juniors engaged in A/I field, a questionnaire was developed by representatives from the JMs’ boards of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), and the World Allergy Organization (WAO). Results: A total of 543 questionnaires were collected from 76 regions of all continents. The geographic distribution of responders was as follows: Africa-Middle East 3.0%, Asia-Pacific 21.4%, Europe 48.2%, Latin America 12.1%, and North America 15.3%. 59.0% of responders declared that A/I is recognized as a separate specialty in their country, Europe mostly accounting for that proportion. Primary interest in the field represents the main motivation for choosing A/I specialty. Concerning involvement in scientific societies, 41.1% of responders ever attended an EAACI Congress, 20.6% an AAAAI Congress, and 20.4% a WAO Congress. According to 40.3% of responders, scientific societies do not provide enough opportunities for young members, and 96.4% believes in a more intensive cooperation between the A/I Societies. Conclusions: The survey provides the first worldwide perspective about A/I specialty. It represents the first ever example of a structured collaboration between the junior members (JMs) of the three main A/I Societies. The findings suggest the need for harmonization, at least in terms of training and formation in the field of A/I worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-595
Number of pages8
JournalAllergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Volume75
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

Keywords

  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
  • European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
  • World Allergy Organization
  • education
  • training

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