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 carryout 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
- Medical Practitioner
- 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 on-going study.
- Must obtain a 6 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.
The pay scale of a gastroenterologist ranges between AUD$152,000-AUD$205,000 annually.