What is Nephrology?
It is the study of the renal system, as in the kidneys and all that it does. Nephrology spans from the biochemistry of the kidney’s function to the pathology of the kidneys.
What does a Nephrologist do?
Nephrologists consult with their patients to determine the appropriate course of treatment; they suggest and orders tests to determine extent of illness or aid in diagnosis. Nephrologists diagnose and treats kidney disorders and everything related to it. They treat electrolyte disorders, acid-base disorders, kidney stones, high blood pressure, and end-stage renal disease. It also goes further in treating vascular disorders that tie in with the renal vasculature and nutritional metabolism.
How to Become a Nephrologist?
Nephrology is under the subspecialty of internal medicine so that means you have to do 3 years of internal medicine residency. And after residency you have the option of doing 2-4 years of nephrology fellowship. A nephrologist must be approved by the board in order to be fully licensed.
How Much Does a Nephrologist Make?
The median salary for a nephrologist is $210,355, which is not bad even in a bad economy; yes that’s enough to buy your sexy black BMW 645Ci. Basically, you get $17,529 every month excluding the income taxes and insurance. The lowest recorded salary is $163,830 and the highest salary recorded is a whopping $274,045.
What does a gastroenterologist do?
A gastroenterologist deals with the body’s digestive system, which includes anything from the mouth to the anus. It can involve any organ that deals with digestion such as the pancreas, the duodenum, the stomach (obviously), the colon, the small intestines, etc. Those who have colon cancer or ulcers go to a gastroenterologist. Gastroenterologists also deals with prevention of cancers by removing polyps from the digestive tract. Polyps are pre-malignant which can lead to cancers so, gastroenterologists remove those polyps. Gastroenterologists also deals with liver diseases but that deals with a hepatologist, which is a subspecialty of gastroenterology.
How much does a gastroenterologist make?
The US national average recorded shows that the lowest salary recorded is $210,599, and the highest salary recorded is a whopping $514,033; the median salary $323,417.
How to be a gastroenterologist?
First, one has to complete 4 years of medical school (duh), then three years of internal medicine residency. Then 2-4 years of gastroenterology specialty fellowships. For concentrating to a particular organ, such as the liver, they can go into subspecialty for further training. Keep in mind the longer the training the more money one can earn.