Gastroenterology is the medical specialty
that deals with the function and disorders of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas,
intestines, and liver.
Gastroenterologists are physicians that
are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases. They complete
a residency after medical school in Internal Medicine and then complete a fellowship
Gastroenterology fellowships are 3 year
programs which offer intense training in digestive diseases and endoscopic procedures.
Digestive disease includes disorders of the gastrointestinal tract as well as the
pancreas and liver.
A gastroenterologist can only take the
board exam to become certified after passing the Internal Medicine board examination
and completing a gastroenterology fellowship.
All of the gastroenterologists at Alaska Digestive Center are fellowship trained board certified gastroenterologists.
The American Board of Internal Medicine
governs the issuance of board certification in Internal Medicine and all of its subspecialties including