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Career as a Gastroenterologist

Who is a Gastroenterologist?

Gastroenterologists are physicians with a specialized training in gastrointestinal tract and liver diseases. It involves a detailed understanding of the normal action of the gastrointestinal organs including the movement of material through the stomach and intestine, the digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body, removal of waste from the system, and the function of the liver as a digestive organ with all normal activity and disease of the digestive organs is part of the study of Gastroenterology. They are highly trained specialists with a unique combination of broad scientific knowledge, general Internal Medicine training, superior endoscopic skills and experience, and the ability to integrate the elements to provide optimal health care for patients.

What do they do?

They evaluate patients with gastrointestinal complaints, treat a broad range of conditions, and provide recommendations to maintain health and prevent disease. Gastroenterologists perform research involving gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures as well as the interpretation of results, and are considered experts in the field. Gastroenterologists are highly trained in endoscopy, training includes detailed and intensive study of how and when to perform endoscopy, optimal methods to complete these tests safely and effectively, and the use of sedating medications to ensure the comfort and safety of patients.

What is the workplace of a Gastroenterologist?

They usually take care of patients in an office or hospital setting, including nursing homes and outpatient surgical centres. They even work in the research field.

Skills and Abilities:

  1. Well-qualified: physicians are supposed to be well qualified as being a doctor is a work or responsibility.

  2. Self-motivated:self-motivation is required in any workplace; it helps in work increment and interest in the field.

  3. Discipline: A gastroenterologist is supposed to be disciplined because it is a very reputed job.

  4. Interpersonal Skills: Interpersonal skill is very much needed for communication between the patient and the doctor. It helps in increasing the progress of treatment.

  5. Broad knowledge of the medical discipline: a physician is supposed to be specialized in his field to get treatment for the patient properly.

  6. Self-Confidence:self-confidencehelps in increasing work progress.


  1. Entrace: Qualifying NEET after 10+2 for admission in necessary.

  2. Bachelors :MBBS

  3. Masters: Post Graduate Diploma in Gastroenterology, MS in Gastroenterology, MD in Gastroenterology.

  4. Doctoral Courses: DM in Gastroenterology, DNB in Gastroenterology.

  5. Specialized course: MCh in Gastroenterology.


  1. All India Institute of Medical Science,-Delhi.-Rs. 2,375 per year.

  2. Christian Medical College,-Vellore.-Rs. 185,900 per year.

  3. NIMS University,-Jaipur.-RS. 2,500,000 per year.

  4. Madras Medical College,-Chennai.-Fees can be found on the official website.

  5. Grant Medical College and Sir J.J. group of Hospitals,-Mumbai.-Fees can be found on the official website.

  6. Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research,-Chennai-Rs. 2,200,000 per year.

  7. Osmania Medical College,-Hyderabad.-Rs. 28,100 per year.

Job Outlook:

Salary depends on skills and year of experience. Salary for freshers in government sector is 5L to 6L per annum whereas private sector is 7Lto 10L per annum. Experienced physicians even earn 1L per month.

Frequently asked question:

Q) What makes a medical student decide they want to pursue a career as a Gastroenterologist?

It depends on the resident you are learning under, sometimes the personality of another resident makes you want to become like them or sometimes your own interest gets you into your specialized career.

Q) How to Select a medical speciality?

After 4 years of MBBS students are intended for internships which usually brings out your interested specialization, being with the residents working with them and exploring gives you a chance to explore your area of interest and expertise.

Q) Is it easy to be a gastroenterologist in India?

To be a Gastroenterologist in India is quite easy as any other field or specialization. It surely is based on your skills and expertise specialization that helps you choose what specialization you want to get in. There are a lot of government hospitals to join to be a gastroenterologist in India.

Q) What are the specialized fields in Gastroenterology?

There are a few known fields in gastroenterology:

  1. Nutrition specialist

  2. Laboratory scientist

  3. GI physiology/functional bowel specialist

  4. Gastrointestinal oncologist

  5. Clinical trialist

  6. General gastroenterologist

  7. Hepatologist

Q) What are the scopes of Gastroenterology?

There is a huge scope to pursue a Gastroenterology programme. After completion of a Gastroenterology course, you can work in a government & private hospital, research institutions, health care clinics, medical colleges, etc. You can also work with the other physicians. The career prospects as a Gastroenterologist is wide not only in India but also abroad with a good salary.

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