The average Rheumatologist salary is $225,582 per annum, Compensation Report puts the average at $124,612 – $258,603. The Rheumatologist is not the best paid physician but they have great job satisfaction. A rheumatologist is a medical doctor who has specialized in diagnosing, treating and managing people suffering from diseases like osteoporosis and other auto immune related diseases.
The rheumatologist salary is not the best in the healthcare industry, but it is one of the highest salary outside the industry. The average salary is between $124,612 – $258,603, with a median of $225,582 per annum. The rheumatologist salary as dropped by 4%, however with lower interest in rheumatology as a field the income might rise due to demand for the skills.
The salary of the rheumatologist is affected by location, experience, employer, skills and credentials. Those who work in private practice may earn more than their colleagues in other institution. The have a better grip of their pay because their lifestyle is enhanced, and joy in seeing great improvement in patients suffering and chronically ill.
Rheumatologist Job Description
The rheumatologist job description revolves around treating patients with musculoskeletal system disease such as arthritis, tendonitis, myositis, scleroderma, gout, lupus, and osteoporosis, among others. Individuals often visit rheumatologists after receiving a referral from a general practitioner or another medical professional.
Rheumatologists can also choose to teach students in universities, or they can become active in the education field by spreading the word about arthritis amongst patients.
Rheumatologists also prescribe individualized treatment to address arthritis, medications that are aimed at improving the joint function and relieving the joint pain at the same time.
- They can also be the manager of other medical specialist like doctors, nurses and therapists as they each perform their duties towards the patient suffering from a rheumatic conditions.
- They work with patients to develop a treatment plan and ensure that patients understand their diagnosis and agreed-upon course of treatment; treatment may involve components such as physical therapy, medication, injections into the joint or tendons, and working with other medical specialists.
- Rheumatologist suggests occupational or physical therapy to patients suffering from arthritis or any type of joint disorders.
- They also pay attention to the signs that may indicate a joint disorder, and they also evaluate the general function and the physicala dn mental health of the patient.
- They also recommend when necessary advanced imaging and laboratory tests that can help the doctor put an accurate diagnosis
Rheumatologist Schools and Educational Requirments
To train a physician it takes about 13 – 18 years, this starts after completing an undergraduate degree in a science related subject. Students have to write and sit for the MCAT exam to gain admission to an accredited Medical college.
The duration of training in a medical college is 4 years, the first two years will be focused on general medicine, while the last two years will be more on clinical, specialty courses and more. After consider apply for residency in either the field of internal medicine or pediatrics, which will last for a period of 3 to 5 years. To treat kids you will start with pediatrics and for adults, you start with internal medicine.
To get your certification you have to pass a rigorous examination that is conducted by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
After you can now sub-specialize in rheumatology fellowship program. The fellowship program also takes 24 to 36 extra months, and only after finishing the fellowship training you can move on to pursuing a board certification provided by a competent and professional organization.