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Immunology

Doctors specialising in Immunology are involved in the study, diagnosis and management of conditions involving the immune system.

Immunology is a rapidly developing clinical science, which contributes to the diagnosis and management of patients with allergy, primary and secondary immunodeficiency, autoimmune diseases and also contributes to the success of organ transplantation.

The immunologist can be directly responsible for the clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients with immunological conditions. The types of patient under his/her care would depend on local needs and the interests of the individual consultant, but would typically include immunodeficiency and allergy. Combined clinics run in conjunction with consultants from other specialties expand the range of patients seen.

Clinical laboratory forms an important part of the immunologists remit.

Personal qualities should include:

  • Keeping up to date with advances in basic science is particularly important throughout the career of a practising clinical immunologist
  • Scientific curiosity
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to use on-line databases and familiarity with computers

Further information

For further information on this specialty, please contact:

Royal College of Pathologists
2 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5AF
Tel: 0207 451 6700
Email: info@rcpath.org
Website: www.rcpath.org

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