What Does a Gastroenterologist Do?
A gastroenterologist deals with the body’s digestive system, which includes anything from the mouth to the anus. It can involve any organ that deals with digestion such as the pancreas, the duodenum, the stomach (obviously), the colon, the small intestines, etc. Those who have colon cancer or ulcers go to a gastroenterologist. Gastroenterologists also deals with prevention of cancers by removing polyps from the digestive tract. Polyps are pre-malignant which can lead to cancers so, gastroenterologists remove those polyps. Gastroenterologists also deals with liver diseases but that deals with a hepatologist, which is a subspecialty of gastroenterology.
How Much Does a Gastroenterologist Make?
The US national average recorded shows that the lowest salary recorded is $210,599, and the highest salary recorded is a whopping $514,033; the median salary $323,417. Now before you run to apply for medical school, you gotta know some things. First, this is a speciality that is very competitive. It’s competitive due to it’s high payout. Whenever there is a high payout, our friends in Washington D.C. gotta have their share. Yes, you got it right, you will be loose at least 30% or more of your salary to the government. In addition the malpractice insurance will also be high, depending on the state.
How to be a Gastroenterologist?
First, one has to complete 4 years of medical school (duh), then three years of internal medicine residency. Then 2-4 years of gastroenterology specialty fellowships. For concentrating to a particular organ, such as the liver, they can go into subspecialty for further training. Keep in mind the longer the training the more money one can earn. But the longer you train, the less you get to enjoy life. And recently, ever since the Obamacare is rolled out, the specialty salaries has been going down. Therefore, there is no telling where the healthcare compensation will be headed.
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