Gastroenterology is an area of medicine that focuses on the health of the digestive system or the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the related organs, are focused on, in this branch. Gastroenterologists can treat everything from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to hepatitis C. Gastroenterologist or GI doctors are specialists in digestive systems. A gastroenterologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients affected by problems related to gastrointestinal organs (also known as digestive system) like small intestine, gallbladder, colon, Bile duct, pancreas, stomach, and other related parts. They specialize in treating and possibly curing all forms of digestive diseases. These specialists treat a number of conditions affecting the GI system. This includes acid reflux, ulcers, IBS, hepatitis C, polyps, or growths, which typically occur in the large intestine, jaundice, or yellowing of the skin, hemorrhoids, bloody stool, pancreatitis, or a rare disease-causing inflammation of the pancreas, colon cancer.
Areas of Specializations
- GI physiology/functional bowel specialist
- Gastrointestinal oncologist
- MCH in Gastroenterology.
- General gastroenterologist
- Nutrition specialist
- Laboratory scientist
- Clinical trialist
Human values and humanities don’t come with educational degrees. Though these doctors deal with humans at their most crucial stages so they should possess certain qualities like patience, politeness, ability to build a harmonious relationship with their patients, strong ethics, service mentality, self-motivation, understanding, etc. In addition to these, a good doctor should have the ability to deal with young patients ( children) with love and the ability to understand their behavior, Good communication skills, and keen observation and playful manner around children.
Some of the Best Books for Gastroenterology
- Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 9TH Edition
- Textbook of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
- Atlas of Upper Gastrointestinal and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery
- Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review: Pearls of Wisdom, Third Edition
1-What is a gastroenterologist test?
Ans: Gastroenterology involves the diagnosis and treatment of digestive system disorders affecting the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum, liver, gall bladder and pancreas.
2- What is the difference between a Gastrologist and a gastroenterologist?
Ans: gastroenterology refers to a branch of medicine that focuses on the digestive tract whereas, gastrology deals with the study of the stomach and stomach related diseases.