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€116k > 192 
Gastroenterologist
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(thousands per year)*
€116 - 192 
Related Information:
New Entrant Consultants (Clinicians) (Type A) salary Scale is as follows:
Existing Irish Public Health Service Consultants - (Salary Scale at 01/01/2010): 184,455, 187,133, 189,813, 192,492.

Consultants currently working in organisations outside the Irish Public Health Service/ New Entrants:
Consultants (Salary Scale at 01/10/2012): 116,207, 117,894, 118,582, 121.270.
Data Source(s):
Public Health service - HSE

Last Updated: December, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in treating diseases of the digestive system.


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Following internship, many doctors undertake postgraduate training with a view to becoming specialists in areas of medical practice which appeal to them.

Gastroenterologists study diseases involving the digestive tract, liver and pancreas, which include chronic inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune conditions involving the liver and pancreas, functional bowel disorders, coeliac disease, dysmotility disorders, GastroIntestinal (GI) cancers and many more.

As well as the theory behind GI disease, Gastroenterologists perform procedures ranging from basic diagnostic endoscopies including gastroscopies and colonoscopies to both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including Enodscopic ultrasound, ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatopgraphy), double balloon enteroscopy and more advance interventional luminal endoscopy.

Within the specialty of Gastroenterology there are several sub-specialisations e.g. Hepatology (viral Hepatology, transplant Hepatology), luminal Gastroenterology, functional disease, interventional endoscopy and pancreaticobiliary medicine with significant opportunity for research.

 


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A medical career involves a long, antisocial period of academic and clinical training, which requires considerable physical and mental stamina.

There are many personal characterisitcs cited that make a good doctor: approachable, confident, decisive, intelligent, interested, compassionate, caring, able to absorb people's pain and anxieties without losing focus, treating patients as a human beings rather than a symptom or collection of symptoms. Integrity is without question. Having technical skills, competence, knowledgeable, using evidence based practice. Ability to remain calm and proficient when under pressure and still make clear and timely decisions.


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To become a Gastroenterologist, you must first qualify as a medical doctor by taking a six-year degree programme in Medicine.

There are six medical schools in Ireland: Trinity College Dublin Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland University College Dublin (UCD) National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway University of Limerick (Graduate entry only) University College Cork (UCC).

The four steps in the training pathway to become a specialist in Gastroenterology are as follows:

Step 1 – Medical School

Step 2 – Intern Year

Step 3 – Basic Specialty Training in Medicine

Step 4 – Higher Specialty Training in Gasteroenterology

Following basic specialty training doctors may choose to continue training at higher specialist training level. Doctors must decide the specialty they wish to pursue. The information here outlines important information about training in the specialty of Gastroenterology.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for Higher Specialist Training (HST) in Gastroenterology must have completed a minimum of two years Basic Specialist Training.

The Higher Specialist Training Programme in Gastroenterology is run by the ICHMT, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Last Updated: December, 2015


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