Gastroenterologists are doctors who investigate, diagnose, treat and prevent all gastrointestinal (stomach and intestines) and hepatological (liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas) diseases.
Training and qualifications requiredTraining usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine, MBBS. 2 years foundation doctor training, 2 years core training (CT1-2), followed by 4 years specialists training (ST3-6). This period of training will include your royal college exams . Most trainees dual accredit in general internal medicine and it that case specialty training is five years. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.
Expected working hours and salary rangeDoctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings and weekends, on call highly likely. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.
Desirable skills and valuesThis role requires that you are able to work under pressure and make decisions. Good communication skills, team working, management and organisational skill are important. You'll have manual dexterity. An ability to stay calm and cope with stress is required.
ProspectsThere are 1,087 consultants in gastroenterology in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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