Gastroenterologists are medical doctors that specialize in diseases of the digestive tract. Among the conditions they treat are hemorrhoids ulcerative colitis inflammable bowel disease irritable bowel syndrome ulcers hiatal hernias neoplasms of the colon and polyps. They are attuned to symptoms such as rectal bleeding esophageal reflux diarrhea constipation nausea vomiting and indigestion. During the course of their training gastroenterologists learn how to perform colonoscopies which are diagnostic procedures that detect cancer and other problems. They also perform endoscopic surgeries which involves a procedure whereby problems in the digestive tract can be visualized. Those who aspire to this career must complete lengthy training. After earning a bachelor’s degree they attend and graduate from medical school followed by a three-year residency in internal medicine and then a two or three year fellowship in digestive diseases. In all gastroenterologists must have 13 or more years of formal and practical training and then they must pass an exam given by the American Board of Internal Medicine. They must also be certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery which verifies their proficiency in diagnosing and treating many of the above-mentioned conditions. The salaries gastroenterologists earn depend on geographic location years of experience type of facility or practice and how many hours they work. Those in private practice generally earn more than those employed by hospitals. According to the website www.ehow.com job prospects for gastroenterologists are excellent and overall the median salary is approximately $260000. Early in their careers gastroenterologists earn between $162000 and $260000 annually but with 10 or more years in practice their annual salaries are often well over $300000.
|Education Required:||Doctoral Degree|
|Tasks:||Evaluates digestive problems in patients.
Manages diseases of the digestive system with surgery or medication.
Conducts colon screening exams.
Has extensive knowledge about the movement of food and nutrients through the body.
|Also Called:||Medical Doctor
Digestive System Physician