An endocrinologist is a licensed physician who diagnoses and treats patients for a number of hormonal diseases and conditions related to the endocrine glands. The job description of an endocrinologist involves rigorous medical training and certification, a broad knowledge of various hormonal conditions, and the ability to treat these conditions effectively.
An endocrinologist works in a hospital or at a private practice, meets with patients, tests them for such conditions as thyroid disease, diabetes, and hormonal imbalances, and assigns the proper course of treatment.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of an Endocrinologist
- Sees patients and reviews basic medical history.
- Inquires about current symptoms and reasons for doctor’s visit.
- Conducts exams and tests to determine likelihood of endocrine gland related issues.
- Analyzes lab results and presentation of symptoms to arrive at conclusive diagnosis.
- Devises and assigns proper course of treatment.
- Advises surgery when necessary.
- Works with other specialized physicians to treat and cure certain conditions, such as glandular tumors.
- Writes and renews prescriptions for medications.
- Logs all patient visits and medical information and maintains patient records.
- Follows up with patient to track condition.
- Provides advice for patients regarding the daily management of their diseases or conditions.
- Advises outside therapy when needed.
- Attends endocrinology conferences to learn about newest forms of treatment.
- Publishes papers on recent findings in the field for the purpose of professional development.
- Runs seminars in endocrinology for specialists in training.
- Trains and counsels endocrinology students and interns.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Possesses specific knowledge of all areas of endocrinology.
- Demonstrates ability to detect and diagnose thyroid conditions, hormonal causes for infertility, diabetes, tumors, and other gland-related diseases.
- Exhibits professional but friendly bedside manner.
- Is capable of conducting independent research outside of hospital and/or private office hours.
- Possesses physical and mental stamina required for working long hours.
- Pays close attention to detail.
- Can remain patient and calm in high-stress hospital settings.
- Exhibits excellent analytical skills.
- Works well with a team of other physicians and nurses.
- Demonstrates strong leadership skills.
- Communicates clearly and effectively.
- Is able to explain medical conditions to patients in clear and straightforward terms without medical jargon.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s in Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, or related field is required.
- M.D. with focus in Endocrinology is required.
- Must complete internship, residency, and endocrinology fellowship.
- Successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam required.
- The average work week will typically exceed 40 hours.
- Working hours are variable and depend on patient load and environment.
- Shifts many vary from day to night.
- Must be willing to be on-call in off-hours.
- Constant standing, walking, and other moderate physical activity required on an ongoing basis.
- Environment may be high stress and fast-paced.
- The average salary for an endocrinologist is between $175,000 and $200,000 per year.
- Salaries range from $150,000 to $300,000 per year depending on years of experience.