Endocrinology is that medical science which deals with the glands of human body that deal with hormone producing glands or organs. These glands are thyroid, parathyroid, ovaries, testes, pancreas, pituitary, adrenal and hypothalamus that cause reproduction, cause metabolism, growth, development, provision of energy and nutrition to that body and our ability to response to external stimuli.
Endocrinologist is a medical person who takes care of various complications, both simple and complex, involving a number of organs within the human body.The rate of increase in the number of diseases in the recent times, with major focuses of diabetes, hypo and hyper thyroidism and several glandular complications, he demand for endocrinologists is on the rise.
Correlated to primary healthcare and associated specialties like cardiology, vascular surgery, nephrology, pediatrics, obstetric; the functions of these medical personnel are purely preventive. They are further trained to treat lipidology, metabolic bone disease, nutrition and hypertension. The job opportunities include both clinical and scientific research works. There are opportunities for working as consultants too, the need of which is more these days in comparison to other available requirements for endocrinologists.
The prospects of this profession are good in the longer run. Those at the base levels earn financial packages in ranges between £20,741 and £25,882 while those at the senior levels range from £50,000 to £76,000. Full time consultants have a remuneration of around £70,000 and £94,000. This salary sum is majorly dependent upon qualification, place of employment, and experience in the field of work. As this particular branch of medical profession demands a number of qualification skills so they are paid more as compared to the other branches.
A bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, pre-medical programmes etc. is the primary qualification. Once the endocrinologists qualify as doctor, a registration from General Medical Council is a must This is to be followed by a four years study and a medical degree of either M.D or D.O, though it is not compulsory. Before entering the specialized training at least two years of General Professional Training in the post of Senior House Officer and a six months acute unselected medical take is necessary.
An additional time at SHO grade increases the on-field experience and broadens their experiences.. The trainees get MRCP[UK] or equivalent degree and become Specialist Registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology with National Training Number. Posts meant only for Endocrinology are rare and competitive.