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Christina Kwong, MD tells why she became an allergist/immunologist.

my name is Christina Quang and I'm

currently an assistant professor at

Washington University in st. Louis and

the field of pediatric allergy

immunology and I would like to talk with

you a bit about why I chose to go into

allergy immunology as my specialty so

initially I had no idea I was going to

go into it when I started my Pediatrics

residency I strongly considered going

into private practice into general

pediatrics that's because I knew that I

loved working in clinic and working with

patients and their families and

following them over time and having that

interaction at the same time several

people told me that I should consider

allergy immunology and they said well

you have so many allergies you really

should go into that and I just you know

I do have a lot of allergies I have food

allergies asthma atopic dermatitis have

gotten hives before but I just didn't

think I wanted to change my whole life

just from that so I actually went the

other direction didn't think about it at

all but it turns out when I started my

second year elective in residency that I

went in at the end of that month I knew

that it was just the right fit for me

and everything came together there are

many reasons why I've liked it and I've

been very happy with my decision in

terms of a couple of the reasons one of

them is that in allergy immunology we

see both common disorders and also very

uncommon in rare and of course you see

that in every specialty but I think we

have an especially high proportion of

both that makes for a great variety in

our everyday life so for common we have

asthma atopic dermatitis and allergic

rhinitis and although many people have

them even food allergy as well there's

still so much we don't know

so in the midst of the common there is a

lot to think about in terms of uncommon

disorders some examples would be primary

immunodeficiency disorders and

hereditary angioedema where there's a

lot of cutting-edge research going on in

addition I think allergy immunology is a

unique specialty that we can make an

especially big difference with education

there is a lot that we know about these

common disorders but somehow it just

hasn't quite trickles through to the

general population and there's a lot of

noise in what's going on in the internet

and when people come to our clinic we

have a chance to just tell them some

simple ideas that can really change

their life and it's been very fulfilling

to have that opportunity also I think

that we're in a unique position where we

have the flexibility to choose what we

do at work

we do have clinical responsibilities but

I think it is less time intensive than

some other specialties and as a result

of that I work with a lot of academic

allergist and they are very busy overall

but they have that chunk of time that's

left over in the week that they can

choose if they want to go into education

focus on research or political

initiatives or anything like that

there's just a lot of flexibility and

lastly I think allergy immunology is a

specialty that highly encourages young

physicians to just jump in the field and

get a good start running starting from

being a fellow in training I know that

as the current committee chair that the

quad AI gives us a lot of resources to

make sure that we have the educational

resources that we need additionally for

new investigators there are research

grants there are educational

opportunities there different

conferences we can go to mentorship

opportunities and all that so that we

are well prepared and that is just a few

reasons why I am very happy with my job

thank you

you