Endocrinologist Job Description
The endocrine system is a complex group of the body’s glands; these glands are the organs that produce hormones.
There are various kinds of hormones, which control metabolism, reproduction, growth and development, they also provide energy and nutrition to the body and control our response to surroundings. The endocrine system includes glands like the thyroid, parathyroid, ovaries and testes, pancreas, pituitary, adrenal and hypothalamus.
An endocrinologist deals with any disease that will affect glands anywhere in the endocrine system. Endocrinologists treat a variety of diseases and conditions; often complex and involving a number of systems within the body. Your GP or primary care doctor will refer you to an endocrinologist with problems concerning the endocrine system, for example thyroid problems or diabetes.
Endocrinologist Career Outlook
The employment outlook for endocrinologists is exceptionally good; with the whole of the healthcare industry experiencing rapid employment growth, this specialty in particular is in great demand. The growing occurrence of hypo- and hyper-thyroidism and diabetes; among other glandular problems, contribute to the growing demand for endocrinologists. As well as the enormous number of jobs available in hospitals and other medical facilities, many endocrinologists choose to open their own practice after acquiring experience in the field.
A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary before entering training, with high grades in science and other related subjects. A four-year bachelor’s degree program will be necessary, followed by a three or four-year residency in internal medicine specialties, pediatrics or gynecology. Also beneficial would be an internship in a certain branch of endocrinology, like pediatric, reproductive or adult, which will also directly affect an endocrinologist salary.
You can count on generally 10 years of formal education, and it is necessary to obtain certification in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
An endocrinologist training program will cover specialty subjects like internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, diabetology, etc. Four years of medical school will be followed by three or four years of internship and residency, then two or three years of training in diagnosis and treatment of hormone conditions.
You should prepare for training in endocrinology by covering courses in biology chemistry and physics, as well as mathematics including algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Computer science is also very important in laboratory work, as in most employment fields nowadays, and English courses will help with your communication skills.
Endocrinologists must hold a bachelor’s degree in biology chemistry or premedical programs, etc. After that their four years of medical school must earn them a medical degree, (either M.D. or D.O.) and then they go on to complete at least four years of a specialized residency program in a teaching hospital. After completing their residency in one of the relative fields; like internal medicine, pediatrics or obstetrics and gynecology, an endocrinologist must then follow a specialized fellowship or internship, over three or four years.
A long training is well compensated by some of the best salaries anywhere in the healthcare industry, and job satisfaction in treating patients with some of today’s fastest growing conditions and diseases.
Advancement is possible within the industry, by taking specialist courses and training, or indeed by going on to open their own endocrinologist clinic.