Everything You Need to Know About Endocrinologist Certification


To start, what exactly does an Endocrinologist do?

An endocrinologist is a specialist of internal medicine. Their focus is in understanding our bodily response to hormones (or a lack thereof). These specialists investigate patient ailments to see if they are due to hormonal imbalances and they treat deficiencies as needed. Endocrinologists may work with people suffering from obesity and nutritional disorders, diabetes, bone and calcium disorders, hyperthyroidism, pituitary disorders, reproductive and gonadal problems, cholesterol issues and certain cancers of the endocrine glands. 

How do I become an Endocrinologist?

Well…it’s not a hop, skip and a jump. Or really it is, but with a few extra hops and skips. Let’s take a look at the endocrinologist certification requirements, shall we?

  1. Complete a Bachelor’s Degree 

Seems obvious right? It’s a good idea to major in a science-related field so that you have the necessary background. Also, medical school can be highly competitive so take advantage of any volunteer opportunities to help build your student resume- and to help get you experience in the field of endocrinology!

  1. Complete a Doctorate of Medicine or a Doctorate of Osteopathy

As you might expect, one of the most basic steps to finishing the endocrinologist certification requirements will be to finish medical school. Keep in mind, medical school is only step two so you can’t start slacking just yet. Make sure to keep those grades up and get as much hands-on experience as possible. 

  1. Pass the United States Medical Licensing Exams

Because, well, of course you’ll need to become licensed to practice endocrinology (and anything else for that matter). This exam basically tells the world that you paid attention in medical school. While you will need to prepare, keep in mind the purpose is to make sure you know your stuff so if you study well during the entire medical school process, the contents of the test shouldn’t be too much of a shock. 

  1. Complete a Residency in Internal Medicine

Before you can delve into the specialization of endocrinology, you’ll need to be sure you’ve got a firm understanding of internal medicine. A residency gives you excellent, hands on experience. Again, volunteer whenever opportunities arise to study the endocrine system and its functions in the real world. 

  1. Become Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Hooray! Another certification exam! You’re over halfway through the endocrinologist certification requirements. 

  1. Complete a Fellowship in Endocrinology

Alright by this point, you know you want to be an endocrinologist. Since you’ve already completed time in internal medicine, you should have gotten some great exposure to the field. Now you get to do even more with those endocrine glands!

  1. Pass Your Certification in Endocrinology

You’ve made it to the very end and completed all of the endocrinologist certification requirements except one- the test. Once you’ve passed, pat yourself on the back because man are you specialized! 

  1. You’re an Endocrinologist!

Congratulations! You’ve made it through long hours and hard exams, but you’ve also proven yourself as an amazing doctor and specialist. Now get ready to start reaping the rewards of all your hard work- you earned it!

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