Rheumatologists are medical doctors that specialize in diagnosing treating and managing autoimmune diseases that usually affect joints bones and muscle tissue. The diseases rheumatologists treat include but are not limited to arthritis gout lupus and fibromyalgia. To determine the basis for a patient’s complaints they use x-rays and laboratory tests. Treatments they prescribe include medications but they also work closely with physical and occupational therapists to help patients minimize their pain and maximize the level of their physical functioning. They play an important role in educating patients and their families on how to cope with and prevent further disability. Rheumatologists work in rehabilitative medical and surgical health care settings including managed care and private practices. Some rheumatologists devote their careers to conducting research on the causes and treatment of autoimmune diseases. Rheumatologists first earn a bachelor’s degree with courses in science and mathematics. Then they attend four years of medical school followed by an internship and then a residency in internal medicine or pediatrics depending on the age group they want to treat. Upon completion of the residency they usually spend several years in a fellowship program in rheumatology. They must pass an exam administered by the American Board of Internal Medicine in order to become certified. The employment outlook for rheumatologists is very good in part because a relatively small percentage of doctors are specialists in this field of medicine. According to the website www.healthcare-trainingcenter.com salaries depend on geographical location employer and years of experience. Entry-level earnings for a newly-practicing rheumatologist are approximately $179000 annually. However with some years of experience earnings can be as high as $378000.
|Education Required:||Doctoral Degree|
|Tasks:||Treats certain autoimmune diseases.
Determines a diagnosis.
Recommend how to manage and treat various types of diseases.
Teaches techniques for preventing disability.
|Also Called:||Autoimmune Disease Physician
Rheumatoid Arthritis Doctor