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ACAAI Membership Benefits, Qualifications, & Applications

You are invited to become a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.  The ACAAI is a professional association of 5,700 Allergists/Immunologists and allied health professionals.  Established in 1942, the College is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care in allergy and immunology through research, advocacy and professional and public education.

Mission Statement

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology promotes excellence in the practice of the subspecialty of allergy and immunology.

Vision Statement

The College fosters a culture of collaboration and congeniality in which its members work together and with others toward the common goals of patient care, education, advocacy and research.

 Values Statement

The core values of the ACAAI are high ethical standards in providing quality patient care while advancing the specialty and supporting the practicing Allergist.

Membership Application Process

The ACAAI application forms for membership are available online. The appropriate application is accessed under the Categories of Membership section below.

Application Fees for membership must be paid at the time the application is submitted by mailing a check with your application or filling out credit card information on the application.

How to apply for membership:

Complete one of the application forms below.  You can mail, fax or submit your application online.   

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
85 West Algonquin Road, Suite 550
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: (847) 427-1200

Fax: (847) 427-1294

E-Mail: mail@acaai.org

Benefits of College Membership

There are many reasons to join with your colleagues in the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. 

  • An opportunity to be involved in a prestigious specialty association concerned with the unique needs of the allergist-immunologist.
  • Valuable networking opportunities and camaraderie among members.
  • Our high-quality annual scientific meeting featuring five days of plenary sessions, symposia, workshops and social events.
  • Opportunities to earn continuing medical education credits through live courses, Web-based programs and published materials.
  • Reduced registration fee for the ACAAI Annual Meeting, and discounts on College products and services.
  • A subscription to the monthly scientific journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, bi-monthly ACAAI printed newsletter and bi-weekly electronic newsletter (eNEWS).
  • Clinical practice assistance via practice parameters and disease management protocols.
  • The listing of each member's practice on the Web-based ACAAI allergist locator (physician finder service) and in our printed membership directory.
  • Special benefits for fellows-in-training, including reduced dues, travel grants to attend the annual meeting, special programs at the annual meeting, the Von Pirquett Awards for poster presentations, and a chance to shape the future of the specialty.
  • Representation of the specialty to managed care organizations, consumer and patient groups, other medical organizations such as the American Medical Association and, through JCAAI, government and regulatory agencies.

In addition, other services and activities provided by the College include:

  • A national Allergist public education campaign, asthmaandallergyrelief.org.
  • Outstanding public education programs, including the ACAAI Nationwide Asthma Screening Program which has won the Public Relations Society of America's top award ("Skyline Award") in the category of Public Service by an Association.
  • Representation of the interests of the specialty to national consumer media. 
  • The ACAAI Job Source service for online posting and searching employment opportunities within the specialty.
  • The annual Doctors' Job Fair.

Categories of Membership

The categories of membership and their requirements are provided below.

Fellow: 

To qualify as a Fellow, an applicant shall:

  • Be graduated from a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), an accredited school of osteopathy or an equivalent foreign medical institution.
  • Be fully licensed to practice medicine in a state of competent jurisdiction.
  • Be certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, a conjoint board of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.

  • Exhibit superior proficiency in research or in the practice of allergy-immunology as demonstrated by (a) teaching in a recognized medical school or affiliated hospital, for a period of not less than two years immediately preceding application, or (b) devoting at least 75 percent of his or her professional activity to the practice of allergy-immunology for a period of not less than two years immediately preceding application.
  • Be of high moral, ethical and professional standing as attested to by three physicians familiar with the applicant, at least one of whom is a Fellow of the College.
  • Applicants trained and residing in a foreign country shall not be required to be certified by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology, but shall be considered on an individual basis. However, foreign applicants must also (a) demonstrate meritorious contributions in allergy and immunology, and (b) present evidence of published articles on allergy and immunology or on allied subjects which present original experimental research.

Fellow Application Forms:

  • Fellow Application Form 
  • Your application cannot be processed without payment of application fee (see Membership Application Process section above for details)

Member: 

To quality as a Member, an applicant shall:

  • Be graduated from a medical school accredited by the LCME, an accredited school of osteopathy or an equivalent foreign medical institution.
  • Be fully licensed to practice medicine in a state of competent jurisdiction. 
  • Satisfy the requirements of eligibility for examination by the ABAI at time of making application for membership to the ACAAI; or be a physician who has completed at least two years in an ACGME-accredited U.S. allergy/immunology training program and has a certificate of completion but is not eligible to take the boards in allergy/immunology because he/she lacks boards in either pediatrics or internal medicine.
  • Be of high moral, ethical and professional standing as attested to by three physicians familiar with the applicant, at least one of whom is a Fellow or Member of the College.
  • Applicants trained and residing in a foreign country shall not be required to satisfy the requirements of eligibility for examination by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology, but shall be considered on an individual basis. However, foreign applicants must also (a) have equivalent training in allergy and/or immunology and (b) contribute to the advancement of allergy and/or immunology.

Member Application Forms:

  • Member Application Form
  • Your application cannot be processed without payment of application fee (see Membership Application Process section above for details)

Scientific Fellow: 

  • To quality as a Scientific Fellow, an applicant shall be a scientist who has made meritorious contributions to allergy/immunology and shall be of high moral, ethical and professional standing as attested to by three physicians familiar with the applicant, at least one of whom is a Fellow of the College.

Scientific Fellow Application Forms:

  • Scientific Fellow Application Form
  • Your application cannot be processed without payment of application fee (see Membership Application Process section above for details)

Fellow-in-Training Member:

  • To qualify as a Fellow-in-Training Member, an applicant shall be a physician enrolled in an American Board of Medical Specialties-approved allergy-immunology training program who receives the recommendation of one Member or Fellow or his or her allergy training director and the recommendation of the director of his or her Pediatrics or Internal Medicine training program.
  • A foreign applicant for Fellow-in-Training Member shall not be subject to this requirement, but shall be considered on an individual basis by the Board of Regents.
  • A Fellow-in-Training Member may retain his or her status as such only until the annual meeting following his or her successful completion of an allergy fellowship training program.
  • Provided the applicant meets all other requirements to become a Member, a Fellow-in-Training Member shall automatically be elevated to the status of Member upon notification to the College of successful completion of the allergy-immunology training program.

FIT Application Forms:

Resident/Medical Student

  • To qualify as a Resident/Medical Student, an applicant shall be a medical student or Internal Medicine or Pediatrics resident in an accredited program in the United States or Canada, shall provide a letter of recommendation confirming current enrollment and eligibility from either the medical school dean or residency program director, with the expected date of completion noted.  Resident/Medical Student membership will be established electronically.  Furthermore, membership expires when the resident or medical student is no longer enrolled in the corresponding residency or medical school.  Those individuals who enter ABAI recognized allergy fellowships may progress to Fellow-in-Training Membership.
  • Resident/Medical Student Application form
  • Application fee is waived
     

Allied Member:

To qualify as an Allied Member, an applicant shall be a registered nurse (R.N.), nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified physician's assistant (P.A.), licensed practical nurse engaged in allergy/immunology or other non-physician engaged in a technical or administrative position in allergy/immunology, shall be sponsored by an ACAAI Fellow/Member, and shall meet such other criteria as may be established from time to time by the Board of Regents.

  • Final determination of the acceptability of sponsors and/or documentation shall be with the Credentials Committee and the Board of Regents. At their discretion, any additional information deemed necessary for proper evaluation of the applicant may be requested from the applicant.

Allied Health Professional Application Forms:

International Affiliate Member:

  • An International Affiliate Member must reside outside the U.S. or Canada, be a medical school graduate, practice medicine in the country of residence, and have completed training in allergy/immunology as well as exhibiting an interest in this specialized practice of medicine.

International Affiliate Member Application Form:

Emeritus Fellow and Emeritus Member:

  • This category describes a Fellow or Member, respectively, who has been in good standing for at least 15 years, and has reached the age of 70.  Please contact the ACAAI office for further information.

Retired Fellow & Member:

  • This category describes a Fellow or Member, respectively, who has been in good standing and who has retired completely from the compensated practice of medicine. Please contact the ACAAI office for further information.

Honorary Fellow:

  • Honorary fellowship status is bestowed upon a physician or scientist who has made an exceptional contribution to the field of allergy/immunology.  All physician and scientist categories of the College are eligible in the consideration of this honor. 
    • On-line Form
    • PDF Form to Print

Alliance Member:

  • ACAAI Alliance membership is open to all spouses and partners of College Fellows and Members. 
  • The Alliance provides a hospitality suite, educational and entertaining programs, and tour information about each convention city to its members and their families at the annual College meeting. 
  • Membership provides many networking opportunities, including an annual business-meeting luncheon, and promotes friendships with a diverse group of people.
  • The Alliance contributes to the progress and growth of the specialty of allergy and immunology with travel awards to fellows-in-training to attend the annual meeting and present their research.  One of the highlights each year is the presentation of the Von Pirquet Awards to fellows-in-training who demonstrated excellence in research.  This distinction includes monetary awards supported entirely by the Alliance. 

Alliance Application Forms:

Application Fees

Applicant fees do not apply toward payment of annual dues.

  • Fellows - $50
  • Members - $25
  • Members promoted to fellows - $25
  • Scientific fellows - $25
  • Fellows-in-Training (fee waived)
  • Allied Health Associate- $25
  • Associate- $25
  • Alliance (fee waived)

Annual Dues

Annual dues are invoiced after a membership application is approved and are not due at the time of application.

  • Fellows and Members (North America) - $390
  • Fellows and Members (outside North America) - $255
  • Scientific fellows - $255
  • Fellows-in-Training (dues waived)
  • International Affiliate Member-no fee
  • Allied Health Professional-$100
  • Associate Members - $100
  • Alliance-$50
 
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