Train­ing

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A gas­troen­terol­o­gist must first com­plete a 4-year col­lege de­gree fol­lowed by 4 years of med­i­cal school at which time they re­ceive a med­i­cal de­gree. The next step is a 3-year res­i­dency in in­ter­nal medicine. At that time a physi­cian is el­i­gi­ble to con­tinue ad­di­tional spe­cial­ized train­ing in gas­troen­terol­ogy. A gas­troen­terol­ogy fel­low­ship is 2 to 3 years dur­ing which a physi­cian learns to eval­u­ate and man­age gas­troin­testi­nal dis­eases. This train­ing en­com­passes con­di­tions that may be seen in an of­fice or in a hospi­tal set­ting and ded­i­cated train­ing in di­ag­nos­tic en­doscopy pro­ce­dures, such as a colonoscopy. In all, a gas­troen­terol­o­gist has un­der­gone a min­i­mum of 13 years of for­mal class­room ed­u­ca­tion and prac­ti­cal train­ing be­fore be­com­ing a cer­ti­fied gas­troen­terol­o­gist.

Ex­per­tise

A gas­troen­terol­o­gist must have pro­fi­ciency in di­ag­nos­ing and treat­ing a num­ber of in­testi­nal con­di­tions in­clud­ing: • Anorec­tal con­di­tions Ø Hem­or­rhoids Ø Colonic neo­plasms Ø Can­cer Ø Polyps • Diver­tic­u­lo­sis • Esophageal re­flux • Gas­tri­tis • Gas­troe­sophageal Re­flux Disease (GERD) • Hep­ati­tis • Hi­atal Her­nia • In­flam­ma­tory bowel disease Ø Ul­cer­a­tive coli­tis Ø Crohn's disease • Ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome • Ul­cers

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