Otolaryngologists who are sometimes called “ear nose and throat doctors” or “ENT doctors” are medical doctors that treat disorders and diseases of the ears nose and throat and in some cases the head and neck areas. Their treatments can include both medications and surgery. Otolaryngologists specialize in problems such as hearing loss facial nerve disorders sinus problems allergies swallowing disorders and throat tumors. In some cases they perform surgery on the face or throat caused by malformations accidents or illnesses. According to the website www.kosmix.com some otolaryngologists specialize in specific areas such as plastic surgery or reconstructive surgery. To go into clinical practice as otolaryngologists individuals must complete approximately 15 years of training. First they must earn a bachelor’s degree including science courses that are required for admission to medical school. Once they are admitted to and complete four years of medical school they complete an internship and then a residency in which they specialize in ear nose and throat disorders. Finally they must pass a test administered by the American Board of Otolaryngology in order to become certified. Otolaryngologists work in hospitals clinics and private medical offices. Many open their own practices but some pursue academic careers in which they conduct research and teach medical students. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for this medical specialty will grow faster than average. According to the website www.healthcare-trainingcenter.com salaries for otolaryngologists depend on years of experience and geographic location but overall the median amount is approximately $270000.
|Education Required:||Doctoral Degree|
|Tasks:||Treats problems related to the ear, nose and throat.
Serves as a primary care physician.
Works in hospitals, private practices, clinics, or other healthcare facilities.
|Also Called:||ENT Doctor
Ear Nose and Throat Doctor