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Gastroenterologists

Health Science

Service Branches

Work Environment

Gastroenterologists work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

  • Military Status

    Officer

  • Average Military Salary

    $128,831

Overview

Physicians and surgeons who specialize in gastroenterology diagnose and treat diseases of the digestive tract. Gastroenterologists examine patients and make diagnoses with the help of medical tests such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasound, and biopsy. They prescribe treatment protocols that may include medication, dietary changes, and surgery. Most gastroenterologists in the Military work in military hospitals or clinics.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming officer, here.

Job training for gastroenterologists primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Desire to help others
  • Professionalism
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Curiosity
  • Decision-making and integration skills
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

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