Endocrinologist Job Description
An Endocrinologist specializes in the treatment of hormone disorders. He examines the patients, makes the diagnosis and prescribes medication or recommends surgery, depending on the disorder. Within a hospital environment, an endocrinologist reports to a medical director.
An endocrinologist treats patients having diseases related to hormones and the endocrinal glands. Common disorders that an endocrinologist treats are: thyroid abnormalities, diabetes, hypertension, infertility, cholesterol disorders, and cancers in the endocrinal glands.
Endocrinology is a complex medical specialty; hence, doctors ought to complete an all-inclusive education program, and should also carry on research whilst treating patients.Create this Resume
The endocrinologist conducts examinations and investigations, looking for signs and symptoms of a hormonal imbalance.
He will advise certain tests to be done to better understand the condition. For example, he may ask for a hormone profile, related to the disease-condition or establish whether a metabolic rate is high or low. He will evaluate blood sugar and insulin levels, to diagnose diabetes.
He will make clear the condition to the patient, prescribe the appropriate treatment and conduct follow-ups. He will give advice on diet and nutrition, hygiene and other areas of preventative treatment.
The endocrinologist also provides the patients with recommendations on diet, sanitation and other home remedies that will help handle their condition effectively.
A few endocrinologists also carry out research in the hope of developing novel treatment techniques. Some work in Medical Schools or hospitals, where they teach endocrinology. Endocrinologists have their own private practices or may be attached to a hospital / medical center.
Endocrinologist Education and Training
• You need to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, physics or a related field of study.
• Next, you must attend Medical School (that would last for 4 years). In the first 2 years of Medical School, you will complete class-room and laboratory education. Training in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, pathology and medical ethics is given. For, the last 2 years of Medical School, you will work in a hospital setting and learn to treat patients under the direction of skilled doctors.
• Then, you have to do a Residency in Internal Medicine, which would last for 3 years. Successful conclusion of this course licenses you to practice within a particular state. To get licensed, after graduation from the medical school, you appear for the United States Medical Licensing Examination.
• You then appear for the Internal Medicine Certification Examination, a requirement for the 2 year Endocrinology Residency.
• After the residency in endocrinology is completed, you must pass an exam conducted by the American Board of Internal Medicine to become certified to practice within the specialized domain of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.
Endocrinologist Job Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has made an estimate that the job opportunity for health care professionals is going to rise by 22 % between the years 2008 and 2018, a good deal faster than the average for other occupations.
The population and the medical field continue to expand; thus, increasing the need for doctors to treat patients. A higher incidence in disease conditions related to the endocrine glands, including, diabetes and infertility, creates a need for endocrinologists. Thus, the job outlook for endocrinologists looks good.
An endocrinologist earns about $184,997 per year.