December 30, 2013
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While most major surgical procedures done in the chest and upper respiratory system are performed by thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists also perform various specialized procedures in order to obtain samples of the lungs or the chest wall lining. They also specialise in procedures such as angiographic visualization, in which dye is sent through into the pulmonary arteries in order to view and observe the blood vessels that are inside the lungs.
As a pulmonologist, other job functions you are likely to perform include:
As a pulmonologist you might work in a hospital, medical school, private practice, clinic or research facility. You can expect to work close to 50 or 60 hours a week if you work in a hospital that requires you to be on call or if you do lots of consults whereas if you work in the research sector or private practice you will be more likely to work a regular 40 hour week.
In order to become a pulmonologist, you will have to complete a 4 year medical school program followed by a 3 year residency in internal medicine. You will then have to complete 1 to 3 years of fellowship training in pulmonology. Before being able to practice you will need to pass a string of certification and licensing exams in order to get a license and become board certified. Most internists must also become board certified in internal medicine, which you can obtain by passing the board exams.
The average annual salary for a pulmonologist in Australia is about AUD 152,381 with a starting salary of AUD 45,000 for interns and the potential to earn up to AUD 200,000 as a consultant specialist.
As with most other physician or surgeon specialties, the job outlook for this speciality is very good. Pulmonologists are expected to be in great demand for a long time to keep up with the projected need for mechanical ventilation and the specialized care of pulmonologists as the baby boom generation reaches and passes retirement age.