Gastroenterologists are physicians who deal with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and associated organs – liver, biliary tract and pancreas. A great majority of their work involves endoscopic procedures. These specialists deal with acute and chronic conditions, which can be life-threatening. This is a relatively small-sized occupation. The majority of gastroenterologists practice in the metropolitan area.
Most gastroenterologists spend majority of their time in outpatient consultations; however, they also carry out procedures and spend time on hospital wards. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy account for a large part of their procedural work, allowing the gastroenterologist to visualise pathology, obtain biopsies, and perform therapeutic interventions.
Internal Medical Specialist
To understand the psychological aspects of the disease as symptoms often impact on the patient’s lifestyle.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Compassion and empathy.
Self-motivation and the willingness to commit to an on-going study.
Must obtain a six-year medical training and then undertake further training in the same stream.
A broad knowledge of gastrointestinal anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology.
A sound understanding of microbiology, oncology, nutrition and immunology.