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WHAT DO THE LITTLE LETTERS AT THE END OF DOCTOR'S NAMES MEAN?

What do the letters trailing the end of Doctor's name mean? Doctors over their careers can acquire more letters after their name than within it. Each new academic achievement appends another accolade to the tail end of their name from the issuing institution. The following list can assist you in decoding what the alphabet soup of abbreviations on your doctor's business card mean:

ADSM    Assistant Director Medical Services
AMI    American Medical International
AMS    Army Medical Service
ARRC    Associate Royal Red Cross
BAO    Bachelor of the Art of Obstetrics
BASc    Bachelor of Applied Science
BC/BCh    Bachelor of Surgery
BDS    Bachelor Dental Surgery
BM    Bachelor of Medicine
BMedSc    Bachelor of Medical Science
BPharm    Bachelor of Pharmacy
BSc    Bachelor of Science
BSChB    Bachelor of Surgery
CCFP    Certificate of the College of Family Physicians
ChB    Bachelor of Surgery
ChD    Doctor of Surgery
CMChM    Master of Surgery
CRCP    Certificant of the Royal College of Physicians
CRCS    Certificant of the Royal College of Surgeons
CPH    Certificate in Public Health
DA    Diploma in Anesthetics
DAP&E    Diploma in Applied Parasitology and Entomology
DAvMed    Diploma in Aviation Medicine
DCh    Doctor of Surgery
DCH    Diploma in Child Health
DChD    Doctor of Dental Surgery
DCM    Diploma in Community Medicine
DCMT    Diploma in Clinical Medicine of Tropics
DCPath    Diploma of the College of Pathologists
DCR    Diploma of the College of Radiographers
DDM    Diploma in Dermatological Medicine
DDMS    Deputy Director Medical Services
DDR    Diploma in Diagnostic Radiology
DGMS    Director General Medical Services
DGO    Diploma of Gynecology and Obstetrics
DHyg    Doctor of Hygiene
DipPharmMed    Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine
DLO    Diploma in Laryngology and Otology
DMedRehab    Diploma in Medical Rehabilitation
DMHS    Director of Medical and Health Services
DMJ    Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence
DMR    Diploma in Medical Radiology
DMRD    Diploma in Medical Radiodiagnosis
DMRT    Diploma in Medical Radiotherapy
DMS    Doctor of Medicine and Surgery
DO    Diploma in Opthalmology
DOMS    Diploma in Opthalmic Medicine and Surgery
DPA    Diploma in Public Administration
DPH    Diploma in Public Health
DPhysMed    Diploma in Physical Medicine
DS    Doctor of Surgery
FACA    Fellow of the American College of Anesthetists
FACC    Fellow of the American College of Cardiologists
FACD    Fellow of the American College of Dental Surgeons
FACG    Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology
FACO    Fellow of the American College of Otolaryngology
FACOG    Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
FACP    Fellow of the American College of Physicians
FACR    Fellow of the American College of Radiologists
FACS    Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
FCAP    Fellow of the American College of American Pathologists
FCCP    Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians
FCMS    Fellow of the College of Medicine and Surgery
FCPath    Fellow of the College of Pathologists
FCPS    Fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons
FFARCS    Fellow of the Faculty of Anesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons
FFR    Fellow of the Faculty of Radiologists
FMC    Fellow of the Medical Council
FRCOG    Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
FRCP    Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
FRCPC    Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada
FRCPsych    Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
FRCR    Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists
FRCS    Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
FRCSC    Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
FRSM    Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
GP    General Practitioner
JP    Justice of the Peace
LCPS    Licentiate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons
LMCC    Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada
LMS    Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery
LRCP    Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians
LRCS    Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons
LSM    Licentiate of the School of Medicine
MAO    Master of the Art of Obstetrics
MB    Bachelor of Medicine
MBBS    Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MBChB    Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MC/MCh    Master of Surgery
MCFP    Member of the College of Family Physicians
MChOrth    Master of Orthopedic Surgery
MCommH    Master of Community Health
MCPS    Member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons
MD    Doctor of Medicine
MDD    Doctor of Dental Medicine
MHyg    Master of Hygiene
MO    Master of Obstetrics or Medical Officer
MOH    Medical Officer of Health
MPH    Master of Public Health
MRad    Master of Radiology
MRCGP    Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners
MRCOP    Member of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
MRCP    Member of the Royal College of Physicians
MRCS    Member of the Royal College of Surgeons
MRO    Member of the Royal College of Osteopaths
MS    Master of Surgery
MSc    Master of Science
MSW    Medical Social Worker
OT    Occupational Therapist
PMO    Principal Medical Officer
PT    Physiotherapist
RAMC    Royal Army Medical Corps
RCAMC    Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
RMO    Registered Medical Officer
SHO    Senior House Officer
SMO    Senior Medical Officer


Believe it or not, the above list is not exhaustive. There are other obscure medical titles and some designations that are country specific.

 

The current letters 'postceding' my name are MBBS and CCFP. Using our neat cheat sheet above, you can see that this means that I have a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree, and I am a graduate of the College of Family Physicians in my country. In a couple more years, another appendage of 'FRCPC' will be added signifying that I have become a tenured physician. I promise not to add any further letters after that :)