How Much Does an Endocrinologist Make

What does an endocrinologist do?

Endocrinologists diagnose, treat, and manage diseases that affect the glands of the body.  Diseases that manifest abnormal hormonal levels such as in diabetes, hyperparathyroidism, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia to name a few.  They counsel patients in following a healthy lifestyle to manage their endocrine illness.  You could also say they are sex doctors in a way since they do deal with managing sex hormones.
How to become an endocrinologist?
Well going to medical school is the obvious part.  After 4 years of medical school, one must complete 3 years of internal medicine residency and specialize in endocrinology afterwards.  Specializing in endocrinology after internal medicine residency requires 2-3 years of fellowship.
How much does an endocrinologist make?
According to the survey published by American Medical Group Association, as of 2009 the starting salary for an endocrinologist is $175,000 and the median salary for an endocrinologist is $212,281.  So if you break it down by month, the Physician would get $17,690 with the median salary, now that’s not bad, especially in this economy.  As of 2009, the highest paid salary for endocrinology is $226,054 and the lowest is $202,820, which is on the East Coast of US.  Keep in mind these salary figures are before the deduction of income tax, government overhead fees, and malpractice insurance.

A career as an endocrinologist is an ideal choice for those who have a strong desire to serve patients and have good bedside manner.  Endocrinologists must have good communication skills as they must counsel their patients and be able to interact with other medical personnel.

Where to Live and Where to Park in Chicago

I got this question via email from someone who looking to settle in Chicago.  I gave a detailed and important answer and it might be helpful to those who have never been to Chicago before.  Don’t mind if there are any grammatical errors because I typed it up very quickly. 

so I’m starting to look for a place to live in Chicago. Any good neighborhoods with nice apartments or condominiums that you know of near the Jackson park hospital? 


And this is what I replied to him:

Live in apartments near Hyde Park (near President Obama’s House) or around the University of Chicago, that’s where most students from University of Chicago and medical students live. Also, a warning, avoid living near the hospital, that’s dangerous area. Live north of 60th street; do not live south of 60th street.

Another warning is about parking of you’re going to bring your car, come around 7:30 AM to get a parking space in the parking lot in front of the hospital. The parking lot is right in front the hospital on the same side facing Stony Island Ave. Do not park in the back parking lot behind the hospital; one secured parking lot is for doctors, where medical students cannot park, and the other parking lot, across the street, is insecure but whoever parks there gets their car window broken into. In the insecured parking lot, people who have cars with an out-of-state (not Illinois) license plate are targeted.

Also, if you’re going to take public transportation, do not carry a laptop bag. I suggest a book back that has a laptop pouch inside. I recommend a Targus book bag with a laptop pouch from Amazon; it’s the same type that I got and it’s cheap. Carrying a laptop bag in front of the bus stop is asking to get mugged at knife point. I’m telling you this because one student got mugged at knife point last year at broad daylight; however this didn’t happen in front of the hospital because there are police around the hospital. The bus stop closest to the hospital is 10 minute walk away.

Analysis of Different Caribbean Medical Schools

One of my friends is considering to go to a Caribbean medical school.  He is a business major with concentration in finance so he loves to analyze numbers in different applications.  He sent me this last night to compare and contrast the different accredited Caribbean medical schools that is worth looking into.  When I looked at the chart I knew he is thinking long and hard of the long term costs and benefits. He went to each school’s website and looked into which school is approved in which states.  I thought this is an interesting find and it would very useful for prospective medical students who are considering going to a Caribbean medical school; Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara is actually not located in the Caribbean, it’s located in Mexico.

The chart involves the factors the differentiates one school from another including:

  1. FAFSA eligibility and school code
  2. OSAP (Ontario Assistance Student Program)
  3. Establishment dates for each school
  4. Approval for the states of NY, CA, TX, and FL.
  5. MCAT requirements
  6. Basic Science cost, as of January 2012
  7. Clinical Science cost, as of January 2012
  8. The foreign country/island each school is located at
  9. And finally the estimated total cost, minus the junk fees, for each school

In the following school list, I put a * next to the so called “big four” medical schools which medical students talk about on forums.  The big four Caribbean medical schools are supposed to be approved in all 50 states, but according to the chart Saba is not.

American University of Antigua
American University of the Caribbean*
Atlantic University School of Medicine
Medical University of the Americas
Ross University School of Medicine*
Saba School of Medicine*
Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine
St. George’s University*
St. James School of Medicine Bonaire
St. Matthews School of Medicine
Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine Mexico
University of Health Sciences Antigua
University of Medicine and Health Sciences St. Kitts (UMHS)
Windsor School of Medicine
Xavier School of Medicine Aruba

(Click on the chart to enlarge)

Obviously it took him a while to do this, he has the time that I don’t so I give him, Sean, the credit. Also if you liked this post and find it helpful then please Google+ it and Tweet it, thanks.