The information about gastroenterologist salary, job description, education and certifications helps aspiring gastroenterologist and doctors with insight into the profession.
Who is a Gastroenterologist? This is a physician who specializes in the treatment of digestive system, this include the treatment and prevention of digestive conditions especially the esophagus, intestines, gallbladder, stomach, liver and pancreas.
Salaries for doctors and physicians are one of the highest in the health industry, a gastroenterlogist command an annual salary between $260,000 to $750,000. The years of experience influence the pay, gastroenterologist with up to 15 years of experience are usually among the top tier salary earners in the field.
A gastroenterologist is a higher level of attainment when compared to a general practitioner. The salary however may vary when compared to what is been paid in Australia, Canada and UK. The salary in the UK is between £80,000 and £150,000 while counterparts in Canada receives about CA$100,000 to CA$400,000 depending on the employer, experience and location.
Gastroenterologist Job Description
Gastroenterologists have extensive knowledge about the movement of food and nutrients through the body. They most commonly treat such conditions as pancreatitis, colitis, gallbladder disease, peptic ulcer disease, colon polyps, colon cancer, hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome and other medical conditions that disrupt the normal function of the digestive tract.
Duties of a Gastroenterologist
- Come up with accurate diagnoses
- Ensure safety of patients in performing procedures
- Come up with effective treatments and medical advices to guarantee optimum outcomes
- Be able to present diagnosis, treatment and results to patients and families in a professional way
- Uphold client’s right and welfare. Make it sure that patient’s are not being exploited in cases such as invasion of privacy.
- Coordinate with different medical health professionals that are involve in patient’s care.
Gastroenterologists treat patients with abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, unexplained weight loss, nausea, vomiting, and rectal bleeding. They perform diagnostic testing including colon screening exams, esophageal and intestinal dilation, hemostasis, and polypectomy to diagnose and manage diseases of the digestive system including hemorrhoids, polyps, cancer, esophageal reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis, and hiatal hernia.
How to become a Gastroenterologist
It is quite easy to say I want to be a doctor, however it takes a lot of patience and time to complete the training. First you need to have a first degree in a science related course or at least you must have taken, physics, chemistry and biology during your undergraduate studies. Upon completion you can sit for the Medical College Admission Test – MCAT exams to gain admission into the medical school, here you would be required to undergo 4 years studies. The first two years will deal extensively on general medicine courses with clinical and the last two years will be focused on your specialty or discipline.
Once you pass the board exams and qualify, you apply for residency in a hospital, this will require additional 3 to 8 years of study. Residency above 3 years will mean that you are progressing to attain a fellowship in gastroenterology, you will need to sit for board exams and obtain licenses to operate as a gastroenterologist.
A lot will be learnt working in the hospital, while you will sooner or latter discover that the practice requires a life-long and continuous learning. Certification is through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
To become certified in the sub-specialty of gastroenterology, physicians must:
- At the time of application, be previously certified in internal medicine by ABIM;
- Satisfactorily complete the requisite graduate medical education fellowship training;
- Demonstrate clinical competence, procedural skills, and moral and ethical behavior in the clinical setting;
- Hold a valid, unrestricted and unchallenged license to practice medicine; and
- Pass the Gastroenterology Certification Examination.