A gastroenterologist is a physician with dedicated training and unique experience in the management of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver.

A gastroenterologist must first complete a three-year internal medicine residency and is then eligible for additional specialized training (fellowship) in gastroenterology. This fellowship is generally two to three years long, so by the time gastroenterologists have completed their training, they have had five to six years of additional specialized education following medical school.

Source: MedlinePlus and American College of Gastroenterology

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Recommended Reading

American College of Gastroenterology
This site is for professionals in the field of gastroenterology and includes information for patients as well.

American Gastroenterological Association
This site includes an excellent public section with definitions of major diseases and disorders.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
One of the National Institutes of Health, this site has an excellent health information section.

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