"Within the next five years, I would like to study to become specialized in pediatrics."
While the interviewer is interested in the type of person you are, sharing about how many kids you want is not very relevant to this position. You may want to start by sharing that you have a long term goal of managing your own medical practice. Explain how you hope you will grow professionally within the community and bring more patients into the clinic.
What is your most prescribed allergy relief product?
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"My most prescribed combination of allergy mediations is Flonase and Zyrtec. I choose flonase because it relieves sneezing, itchy or runny nose, sinus congestion, and postnasal drip. I choose Zyrtec because it is unlikely to cause any drowsiness."
"My most prescribed allergy relief product are antihistamines."
Allergy medications are available as pills, liquids, inhalers, nasal sprays, eyedrops, skin creams and injections. Some allergy medications are available over-the-counter, while others are available by prescription only. As an Allergist you may have your go-to combination for particular issues. Share your medication combination with the interviewer and explain why you choose this combo.
Where do you see allergy treatment going in the near future
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"The idea of capsule form immunotherapy is intriguing to me. I look forward to the development of a pill that can address all allergens."
"I'd love to see immunotherapy delivered via nasal inhalant."
Medication, probiotics and immunotherapy. The future of allergy treatment is advancing around you. Tell the interviewer about a particular treatment that excites you as an Allergist. This is a great answer to show your personality and have a casual conversation with the interviewer.
"Money isn't a key factor but I do have a salary range in mind based on the local area."
"I'm currently making $220K a year. I've been an allergist for 3 years, so being fairly new in the career I would like to make at least that."
This questions can be tricky and dangerous if you’re not sure how to answer it. Avoid talking salary before really selling your skills. Do your research so you will have an understanding of average salary for an Allergist in your area. One approach is asking the interviewer about the salary range, but to avoid the question entirely, you can respond that money isn’t a key factor and you’re goal is to advance in your career. However, if you have a minimum figure in mind and you believe you’re able to get it, you may find it worth trying.
As an Allergist you specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma and other diseases of the immune system. You take the medical history of your patients, perform physical examinations and treat with specific allergy and/or breathing tests. Your results guide a personalized treatment plan which typically includes measures to avoid or eliminate triggers, recommendations for medications and education to help you take an active role in treating your disease.
As an Allergist you've attended medical school, at least three years of residency in pediatrics or internal medicine, then at least two years of specialized training in allergy and immunology. Active listening, monitoring and critical thinking are just a few skills needed to be an Allergist. Tell the interviewer how assessing and monitoring your patients both in and out of the office have been successful in their treatment.
The interviewer will see that you meet all the qualifications by reading your resume- how will you stand apart from the rest? Tell the interviewer was was unique about your training, what special groups you were a part of, what complex patients you've had and how you played a role in their treatment. Because you may be part of a multidisciplinary team, tell the interviewer how you work closely with other providers to provide the best care to your patients.