The Gastroenterologist is a physician with dedicated training and unique experience in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach and intestines) and hepatobiliary system (liver, gall bladder, biliary tree and pancreas). The gastroenterologist performs minimally invasive procedures to investigate and treat gastroenterological conditions by endoscopy, biopsy and paracentesis. The gastroenterologist is usually a trained internist and may practice internal medicine in addition to gastroenterology, participating in acute medical care. The gastroenterologist may have a further subspecialist interest in specific organ diseases such as hepatology, small bowel disease, pancreatic disease, inflammatory bowel disease or oncology.

Canada's highly sophisticated economy, advanced technology and enviable living standards make it a magnet for expatriate workers seeking to develop their careers. Opportunities for skilled medical professionals abound in the more remote areas and sometimes in the major cities.

Comprised of ten provinces and three territories, each with its own regulatory framework for professionals and separate taxation structures, career opportunities and remuneration vary considerably across the country.

Demand for general practitioners and family physicians is high in the more remote areas and expertise and experience in rural medicine, resuscitation and surgical technique is a plus for physicians. Shortages of specialist physicians exist in many provinces.