Frequently Asked Questions
Endocrinology and Endocrinologists
1. What is endocrinology?
2. Who are endocrinologists?
3. Are there any other degrees recognised?
In addition to DM and DNB the Medical Council of India has recognised the degrees granted by six english speaking nations – USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For each of these countries there is a legitimate degree granting authority. These authorities have an online system that allows you to verify if the doctor indeed has obtained the degree he or she claims to have obtained. For e.g., the american board of internal medicine is the authority for those who have obtained their training in the US and it has has a verifying system here.
4. How do I know if my doctor is a bonafide endocrinologist?
Every doctor by law is required to register his/her additional qualifications with the state medical council and display the registration in his or her office. This includes both doctors with DM/DNB and approved overseas qualifications. In most states doctors are expected to only display and use in their letter head only such qualifications. If a doctor has displayed the registration certificate (with the state medical council) of his endocrine degree in his/her clinic/ office he/she is probably bonafide.
5. What about fellowships or certificate courses?
Fellowships are either short term programs are or conferred by certain societies as an honour and do not represent proof of training that confers expertise in endocrinology. Many societies offer certificate courses that allow doctors to get additional knowledge in endocrinology. But these are not a substitute for the clinical training an expertise conferred by a formal training program. Neither fellowships or certificates are registrable by the medical councils. If a person calls himself/herself as an endocrinologist diabetologist or thyroidologist based on these, it is a misrepresentation of facts
6. Are endocrinologists qualified to take care of diabetes?
YES. Diabetes is a hormonal disorder. A significant part of the training program in endocrinology is dedicated to training in the care of patients with diabetes.
7. Are diabetologists endocrinologists?
No. There are very few training programs that are MCI recognised that specifically provide training only in diabetes. Many physicians have interest and considerable experience in the care of patients with diabetes; however calling oneself as diabetologist without registrable qualifications is a misrepresentation of facts
8. Can the ESI help me?
The credentials committee of the endocrine society vets the application of its members and the society has a copy of the qualifications of its members. It must be remembered that mere membership in the society does not indicate that the member is a qualified endocrinologist. Refer to question 4 above. The society can help you with specific questions. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org