Marcella Aquino, MD
Q: Why did you become an allergist?
The single most defining moment in my journey towards a career in Allergy & Immunology was my first elective rotation during residency. The opportunity to shadow two allergists in private practice energized me and started me on a rewarding career path. As a pediatric resident, I was challenged by the variety of patients allergists encountered, from infancy through adulthood and beyond. Allergists have the privilege of being able to evaluate and manage children, parents and grandparents, providing family-centered care. Possibly the most rewarding aspect of this area of specialization is the beneficial impact allergists have on a patient’s quality of life.
During my rotation, I saw firsthand the long-lasting doctor patient relationships that allergists establish, and the trust shared between the patients and their physicians. I am forever grateful to my kind and patient early mentors and today, as a clinician educator and a former associate program director, it is my honor to train the upcoming generation of allergists. Our fellows-in-training will become leaders in the community, advancing new scientific developments at academic institutions and leading national societies. It is essential that allergists increase awareness of the A/I specialty in medical schools and residencies to increase the numbers of highly qualified applicants to this rewarding field.
I have never regretted choosing Allergy & Immunology as my specialty and enthusiastically endorse this career choice to trainees.