About Us – The History of the Pan American Allergy Society
In 1956, the Gulf Coast Allergy Study Group was organized by a group of students of Dr. Herbert J. Rinkel of Kansas City, Missouri. The GCASG met annually following Rinkel’s Postgraduate Course in Allergy in Houston, Texas. The group originally served as a medium of exchange of information, ideas and problems in the field of ENT Allergy. It promoted investigation, publication and promulgation of this “new” type of allergy work. Following Rinkel’s death in 1963, the group’s subsequent meetings were held in various locations with Dallas and San Antonio being predominant sites.
In 1968, the name of the organization was changed to The Pan American Allergy Society so that membership would not be limited to one geographical area and to promote international membership. Beginning as a handful of Rinkel’s enthusiastic students, the group has grown to a membership of over 350 and will enjoy its 60th anniversary in 2016.
The Pan American Allergy Society (P.A.A.S.) has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians since 1988.
About Us Today
As an ACCME accredited provider, we sponsor an annual training course and seminar every spring offering a minimum of 25 hours of continuing medical education as well as a summer training course offering a minimum of 14 hours of continuing medical education. Our courses are open to nurses and other allied healthcare personnel to attend.
The annual basic course in quantitative skin testing techniques is designed for any physician and/or other health care professionals who wish to add allergy care to their practice or to update/review their knowledge of the procedures taught by the P.A.A.S. The annual seminar updates the physician on advances in research of immunological problems in the practice of allergy.