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92: A Community Allergist and Immunologist Shares Her Specialty: Session 92 Dr. Neeta Ogden is an allergist and immunologist. She has been out of training for about 13 years and she talks about her career as an allergist in a community setting. She shares some tips and tricks for you as you're going through the...

92: A Community Allergist and Immunologist Shares Her Specialty: Session 92 Dr. Neeta Ogden is an allergist and immunologist. She has been out of training for about 13 years and she talks about her career as an allergist in a community setting. She shares some tips and tricks for you as you're going through the...

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92: A Community Allergist and Immunologist Shares Her Specialty: Session 92 Dr. Neeta Ogden is an allergist and immunologist. She has been out of training for about 13 years and she talks about her career as an allergist in a community setting. She shares some tips and tricks for you as you're going through the...

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32 minutes
Released:
Apr 24, 2019
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Podcast Episode

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Session 92 Dr. Neeta Ogden is an allergist and immunologist. She has been out of training for about 13 years and she talks about her career as an allergist in a community setting. She shares some tips and tricks for you as you're going through the process to hopefully become an allergist if this is something you're interested in. [01:16] An Interest in Allergy There are two paths to Allergy fellowship – internal medicine residency and peds residency. Neeta took the internal medicine route. She remembers being in one rotation and the patient was very sick. He needed penicillin desensitization. And she found this very interesting that it was so specific. She describes the field as being precise, systematic, and specialized, which simply drew her to it. Then she did some HIV research at the hospital she was training at. Although she comes from a family of doctors, she never really came across Allergy until her residency. She also liked Dermatology at that time because there was an overlap between the two, but she hasn't really thought about doing anything other than Allergy. Otherwise, she would have just really chosen internal medicine. She thought Allergy was also a great lifestyle specialty. She didn't want to be taking crazy calls at the hospital so this was part of her thought process in choosing the specialty too. [06:24] Types of Patients With the huge rise of food and environmental allergies today, her day-to-day practice is mostly private practice. She sees a variety of both children and adult patients. She manages a lot of skin allergy. She also sees children with food allergies, allergic rhinitis, and asthma. She doesn't see a lot of complicated immunology although it could come up once in a while. "There's a ton of rashes and hives and allergic skin reactions more than I probably would have thought I would see." Allergy is driven by immunology and the immune system, the TH2 arm of our immune system specifically. But there's also a specific discipline of immunology like DBID. But she really doesn't see as much. That being said, immunology and allergy are both driven by the same pathophysiology. Immunology is rare and is a discipline that highly evolves in academic centers. In fact, Neeta would 100% defer to academic medical centers for immunology or complicated immunology. [10:16] Community vs. Academic Although Neeta still sees patients at the hospital, it's not the same thing as being in an academic setting which she also misses. Nevertheless, this decision was driven by a lifestyle choice. She joined her family of doctors, a multispecialty private practice, which gave her incredible flexibility of time and overhead. Being a mother, she also thought she'd be more successful in treating patients if she had this level of flexibility. [11:11] Diagnostics Neeta does diagnostics for almost every single patient. Patients are referred to her to find out what they're allergic to. 95% of patients end up getting bloodwork or allergy test in her office. [11:45] A Typical Day A typical day for Neeta would be walking into the office, rotating between three exam rooms. She does a variety of procedures – skin testing, patch testing, pulmonary function testing. Patients end up staying in the exam room for a considerable length of time. So what she does is bringing them on different days for specific testing. [13:05] Procedure Work Procedures done may vary from doctor to doctor. Neeta says procedures can be delegated to staff provided they're trained well. She does scratch testing, pulmonary function testing, and patch testing, application, and removal. They could also do variations of nasal endoscopy. [13:50] Taking Calls and LIfe Outside of Work Neeta takes calls at the hospital but it's not that often. She can get called for desensitization for patients who need it. Other issues she would usually encounter include endroedema and complicated asthma. But then again, it's not that often. "Internists, general doctors, and ER docs know
Released:
Apr 24, 2019
Format:
Podcast Episode