The Academy CAN! Volunteer Allergist Profile
The ideal Academy CAN! volunteer physician is a board certified allergist committed to improving allergy and asthma care to underserved populations. He or she is a skilled teacher who works well with primary care providers and is sensitive to environments of cultural diversity and economic challenge. We expect our allergists to spend at least four hours a month working at their partner clinics engaged in teaching, patient contact and bringing the benefits of special procedures (e.g. spirometry, specific IgE testing, ELISA or skin testing) to the clinic populations. In addition, at least one formal education meeting with clinic personnel to discuss asthma treatment guidelines and maximizing primary care-allergist interaction is required. Above all, the CAN! physician is an enthusiastic and innovative practitioner dedicated to advancing the agenda and mission of the AAAAI CAN! Program.
Both academic and community-based practitioners are eligible, so long as they can dedicate a minimum of four hours of their time to the program on a monthly basis, for a minimum of 12 months.
Benefits for Participating Allergists
- The opportunity to volunteer in your community, acting as a teacher, expert consultant, practitioner and referral resource for a participating community health center.
- The opportunity to advance allergy and asthma care for underserved patients.
Levels of Volunteer Service
Volunteers and partner clinics will work together to determine the specifics of their partnership and the level of service that the volunteer allergist will provide:
Level 1: Asthma and Allergy In-Service
Objective: Establish a community clinic-volunteer allergist relationship.
Description: At this level, the volunteer allergist would deliver an educational session outlining best practices for diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases, i.e. asthma treatment guidelines. The volunteer allergist will provide information, become familiar with the partner clinic environment, become acquainted with clinic staff and will assess clinic needs and strengths (e.g. ability to do spirometry, x-ray, in vitro allergy testing and case management).
Level 2: Asthma and Allergy Consult
Objective: Volunteer allergist establishes a consultant relationship with targeted clinic, either through telephone consults or by accompanying clinic. physicians during patient visits. This level stresses the appropriate primary care workup and management of patients and the role of the consulting allergist
Description: At this level, the volunteer allergist will be available for phone consults and/or to see patients in conjunction with the clinic physician(s). Patients would be seen in the partner clinic.
Level 3: Establishment of Community Clinic Allergy Team
Objective: Volunteer allergist is involved routinely in delivering care to clinic asthma and allergy patients as part of a clinic asthma and allergy team. This may include a regularly scheduled clinic (e.g. half day per month) where patients are formally referred and through which clinic providers rotate to be mentored by the volunteer allergist.
Description: At this level, the volunteer may establish an asthma and allergy team at the partner clinic whose ongoing duties will include delivering care to patients with asthma or allergy, and keeping team members abreast of emerging issues in diagnosis and treatment.
The Academy CAN! Volunteer Application