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.
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