AAAAI Constituency Groups
The AAAAI is comprised of varying and unique constituencies with a similar mission—advancing the practice of allergy / immunology and providing knowledge so you may better serve your patients. We encourage you to participate in one or more of these constituency groups.
Commit to a Committee
Ask the most visible and active members of the AAAAI how they got to where they are and they will most likely say they started by joining a committee.
Benefits of committee membership:
• Increased knowledge of a key clinical problem or process that affects your practice
• Opportunities to help develop enduring educational materials for your colleagues and patients Involvement in the Annual Meeting process
• Development of new friendships and collaborations
• National recognition important for academic advancement
• Pride and self-fulfillment
How do I join a committee?
Committee membership is open to all levels of membership and the process is simple. Learn more and get involved. All nominations are reviewed by the AAAAI President-Elect and submitted to the Board of Directors for final approval at the late fall Board Meeting.
Take an Interest in AAAAI Interest Sections
Help in advancing the knowledge and understanding about particular issues within allergy/immunology by joining an AAAAI interest section.
There are seven AAAAI interest sections:
• Asthma Diagnosis and Treatment (ADT)
• Basic and Clinical Immunology (BCI)
• Environmental, Occupational and Respiratory Diseases (EORD)
• Food allergy, Anaphylaxis, Dermatology, and Drug Allergy (FADDA)
• Health Outcomes, Education, Delivery and Quality (HEDQ)
• Immunotherapy, Rhinitis, Sinusitis and Ocular Allergy (IRSO)
• Mechanisms of Asthma and Allergic Inflammation (MAAI)
Benefits of belonging to an interest section:
• Collaboration and exchange of ideas between colleagues and experts in specific areas of interest.
• Networking opportunities for professionals who share common interests
• Promotion of research and study, to advance knowledge and understanding about particular issues concerning allergies, asthma and immunology
How do I join an interest section?
It is highly recommended that all AAAAI members be aligned with at least one interest section. To select your primary and secondary interest section, visit the edit your member profile page and click on the "Involvement" tab after you have logged in.
Coming Together through AAAAI Assemblies
An AAAAI assembly is a group of members organized for a common purpose and established by the Board of Directors to denote a specific area of representation or membership category. Membership is automatic based on the defined scope of the assembly.
As a FIT and/or going into practice, there are two key assemblies for you:
Act and Interact Locally: Become part of your Regional, State and Local Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society (RSLAAIS)*
Numbering more than 70 across the country, a RSL society is your local source for information, knowledge, sharing and networking.
Benefits of belonging to an RSL society:
• Local access to A/I colleagues who understand the landscape of practicing in a particular area
• Educational opportunities tailored specifically to practicing in a particular area
• Your local source in helping raise the visibility of the allergist/immunologist as you move into practice
How do I join?
To learn more about the societies and to connect with your local leadership, visit the Federation of RSLAAIS Assembly section of the AAAAI website.
*Each society is an independent organization from the AAAAI and sets its own path dependent on the needs of its constituents. The societies have representation within the AAAAI through the Federation of Regional, State and Local Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Societies (RSLAAIS) Assembly. Each geographic region is represented by a RSLAAIS Governor who serves as a conduit for information sharing on the national level back to the AAAAI Board of Directors. These Governors can also be a great source of networking and information.
Your Fit in NAIA
Trying to find your “fit” after fellowship? Get involved in the New Allergist/Immunologist Assembly (NAIA) of the AAAAI. NAIA is made up of more than 600 allergists/immunologists within the first five years of completing their A/I training.
Benefits of belonging to NAIA:
• Interact, network and raise issues relevant to starting to your career
• Guide future FITs and expand your professional network via the NAIA/FIT Mentoring program
• Build your professional and volunteer base
Membership in NAIA is automatic when you transition from an FIT member of the AAAAI to a full member (by September 15 of the year you complete your training).
Along with those listed, there are also assemblies related to those working in allergy / immunology who are allied health professionals, in a military environment, program directors and the international constituency.