Proctologist Job Description
A proctologist is a specialist who diagnoses and treats diseases related to the colon. Proctologists are surgeons, and carry out various investigations to identify diseases and provide the optimum treatment-management.
There are several disorders / disease-conditions, where proctologists provide medical and surgical management. They have a proficiency in the following conditions: endoscopy of the rectum and colon, hemorrhoids, fistulas and fissures, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, polyps, benign tumors and colorectal and anal malignancies.Create this Resume
Diagnosing the disease condition is an important part of a proctologist’s practice. He examines the patients for signs of pain, discomfort, swelling, growth, constipation and other anomalies linked to the colon, rectum and anus.
Colonoscopies and biopsies are routine investigative techniques conducted by proctologists to decide on the line of treatment.
Also, a part of the proctologist’s working is to treat the patients holistically. He may suggest and advice dietary changes, advocate incorporating specific foods, starting an exercise routine and making certain lifestyle modifications. He will decide whether medication or surgery is needed to handle the case successfully.
Common surgical procedures performed by proctologists are colectomies (surgical removal and re-attachment of the colon), stricture-plasties (removal of the scar tissue from the bowels) and polypectomies (excising polyps).
Proctologists usually work in hospitals / clinics / private practices. They work in close alliance with urologists and obstetricians / gynecologists to diagnose a condition. Patients may be referred to proctology specialists by general care physicians.
Proctologist Education and Training
• You must have a Bachelor’s degree, from an recognized university/college.
• You have to then appear for a Medical College Admissions Test, (MCAT), to obtain an admission in to a Medical School.
• After graduating from the Medical School, you must earn M.D., or Medical Doctor Degree. Overall, 8 years of education and training is essential to become a proctologist. ‘Hands-on’ training through residencies and fellowships is also required for potential proctologists. You are required to complete a General Surgery Residency, (5 to 6 years). Furthermore, a proctologist must complete a Colorectal Surgery Fellowship, (1 to 2 years).
• Then, you have to appear for the Medical Licensing Examination and get licensed by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery before starting practice as a proctologist.
Proctologist Job Outlook
Awareness and research about colon cancer has created a huge job market for proctologists. Due to a growing health care industry, the job outlook for all physicians and surgeons looks very good; and as with most surgeons, proctology specialists can look forward to wonderful employment opportunities between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The average salary range for a proctologist is about $137,344 to $249,550 per year.