The Specialist Series

Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology is a unique specialty, with a blend of inpatient, outpatient, clinical, and procedural skills required. There are seven different organs (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, liver, biliary tree) that gastroenterologists treat.
It's an engaging, high-intensity field with complex diagnoses and amazing opportunities to deliver meaningful therapeutics.

If you're a current or aspiring gastroenterologist, you'll love these articles on the discipline of gastroenterology.

Five things I wish I knew before I went into practice as a gastroenterologist

Being a gastroenterologist has been a tremendous blessing.  I love going to work every day.   Fortunately for me, I had amazing mentors in my fellowship, and I think I was better prepared than most fellows for clinical practice.   It served me well to have attendings that were intentional about teaching me clinical and […]

Gastroenterologists, if You’re Not Using P.A.s and N.P.s in Your Business, You’re Getting Less Money and Less Time for Yourself.

“P.A.s and N.P.s are taking over the healthcare industry!  I don’t want to lose my job to a mid-level provider!”   How many times have you see that on social media posts or blog articles? Setting aside the use of the pejorative term “mid-level provider,” I think it’s time for physicians to end the assault […]

GI is not just a “procedure” subspecialty. It’s a “cognitive” subspecialty too.

It drives me crazy when I go to conferences like the American College of Physicians and hear people talk about a “procedure subspecialty” vs a “cognitive subspecialty.”   This nomenclature suggests that a “procedure subspecialty” is a “non-cognitive subspecialty.”  Don’t get me wrong, I love the ACP, but I do bristle at the insinuation that […]

Gastroenterologists, if you want great referrals, treat your referring providers well!

I often see gastroenterologists struggle in the early days of trying to build their clinical practice.  One thing that GI physicians often fail to learn, to their detriment, is that they are dependent on referrals from referring providers for their business.   I used the term “referring provider” deliberately in the title because it’s important […]
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