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.