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Gastroenterology

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. 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 a 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
  • Hepatologist
  • Nutrition specialist
  • Laboratory scientist
  • Clinical trialist

 

ELIGIBILITY

 Gastroenterology is the postgraduate level education and can be pursued only after the completion of MBBS. So the steps involved in this process are as follows-

  • First of all students are required to pass 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects.
  • To take admission in MBBS programme, students are required to appear the entrance test namely NEET
  • Earn MBBS degree from a well-recognized medical institution.
  • Appear the entrance tests like JIPMER PG, AIIMS PG, NEET PG for taking admission in MD/MS course.
  • Choose your desired branch as a specialization in MD/MS.
  • Candidates seeking admission in doctorate level course, are selected on the basis of performance in the qualifying examination and entrance exam. Various Institutions conduct their own entrance test for admission doctoral level courses.

COURSE DURATION

Bachelor Courses (4 year)

  • MBBS

Master Courses (3 year)

  • Post Graduate Diploma In Gastroenterology
  • MS in Gastroenterology
  • MD in Gastroenterology

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

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 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.

 

FUTURE PROSPECTS IN GASTROENTEROLOGY

Gastroenterology is considered as one of the top-paying careers in the medical field. As more patients are suffering from digestive and gastrointestinal issues, the need for this type of specialized doctor continues to arise.

 

JOB PROFILES

  • GI Physician
  • Professor
  • Hapatologist
  • Endocrinologist
  • Gerontologist
  • Consultant Polmonologists
  • Orthopaedics
  • Anesthetist
  • General Surgeon
  • Ortho Surgeon

 

TOP MEDICAL COLLEGES FOR GASTROENTEROLOGY

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi
  • King George's Medical University, Lucknow
  • University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Delhi
  • Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research Puducherry
  • Institute of Medical Sciences Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
  • Armed Forces Medical College, Pune

 

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