Gastroenterologists are specialist medical practitioners who treat conditions of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. Common diseases include colon polyps, pancreatitis, peptic ulcer disease, nutritional problems, colitis, hepatitis and gallbladder disease.
When you're interviewing gastroenterologists, candidates should demonstrate an extensive knowledge of gastroenterological conditions and treatment options. Bad candidates will have poor communication and interpersonal skills.
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Gastroenterologist Interview Questions
1. What is your greatest success as a Gastroenterologist?
This question gives candidates an opportunity to describe creative ways in which they've helped a patient. Look out for stories about identifying a unique problem and coming up with an innovative solution to properly treat a patient.
2. Describe how you would disinfect endoscopic instruments before use. What is your cleaning process?
Part of a Gastroenterologist's training emphasizes safety standards in medical practice. Candidates should describe the steps they take to ensure all their operating equipment are properly disinfected before use and complies with facility standards.
3. Have you ever misdiagnosed a patient? How did you correct your mistake?
Candidates should acknowledge the significance of a misdiagnosis and potential harm it can cause a patient, then go on to describe their corrective actions and the lessons they've learned from it.
4. How do you stay abreast of the latest developments in gastroenterology?
Medical practitioners need to ensure that they are kept up to date with new methods and technologies that impact the way gastroenterology is practiced. Candidates should list reading literature and attending conferences as part of their efforts to stay updated.
5. A patient is emotionally stressed and uncooperative. How do you manage the situation?
Gastroenterologists should have excellent interpersonal skills when dealing with patients. When treating difficult patients, candidates should be patient, attentive to their needs and assure them of their capacity to treat them.