Medical Qualifications

By custom, those letters denoting medicine follow those of orders, decorations and medals bestowed by the Crown. They are usually placed in the following order

- Doctorates
- Masterships (Assume this should be placed below Doctorates?)
- Baccalaureates (degrees of Bachelor)
- Postgraduate diplomas (for example, fellowships and memberships except MRCS)
- Qualifying diplomas (MRCS, LRCP etc.)

It is the custom for letters indicating doctorates, masterships and fellowships to be given in correspondence.

Baccalaureates, memberships and qualifying diplomas may be shown if no higher qualifications are held.

It is sufficient for a maximum of three series of letters to be shown: for example, MD, FRCS, FRCOG.

If required for formal lists, the following is the complete list of letters commonly used in medicine in the UK.

Doctorates

Style: 'Doctor of...'

DM Doctor of Medicine
MD Doctor of Medicine
DCh Doctor of Surgery
DChD Doctor of Dental Surgery

Masterships

Style: 'Master of...'

MC Master of Surgery
MCh Master of Surgery
MS Master of Surgery
CM or ChM Master of Surgery
MDS Master of Dental Surgery
MAO Master of the Art of Obstetrics
MCB Master of Clinical Biochemistry
MChOrth Master of Orthopaedic Surgery
MClinPsychol Master of Clinical Psychology
MClSc Master of Clinical Science
MCommH Master of Community Health

Baccalaureates

Style: 'Bachelor of...'

BM Bachelor of Medicine
MB Bachelor of Medicine
BCh Bachelor of Surgery
BChir Bachelor of Surgery
BS Bachelor of Surgery
ChB Bachelor of Surgery
BDS Bachelor of Dental Surgery
BAO Bachelor of the Art of Obstetrics
BAc Bachelor of Acupuncture
BASc Bachelor of Applied Science
BDSc Bachelor of Dental Science
BHy or BHyg Bachelor of Hygiene
BPharm Bachelor of Pharmacy

Postgraduate Diplomas

Fellowships

Style: 'Fellow of the Royal College of...'

FRCP Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
FRCPEd Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
FRCPI Fellow of the Royal College of Ireland
FRCP(Glas) Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
FRCS Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
FRCSEd Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
FRCSI Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
FRCS(Glas) Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
FRCOG Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
FRCGP Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners
FRCPath Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists
FRCPsych Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
FRCR Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists
FFA RCS Fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal College of Surgeons
FDS RCS Fellow in Dental Surgery Royal College of Surgeons
FFCM Fellow of the Faculty of Community Medicine

Memberships

Style: 'Member of the Royal College of...'

MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians
MRCPEd Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
MRCPI Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
MRCP(Glas) Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
MRCP(UK) Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of the United Kingdom
MRCOG Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
MRCGP Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners
MRCPath Member of the Royal College of Pathologists
MRCPsych Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
MFCM Member of the Faculty of Community Medicine

Qualifying Diplomas

MRCS Member of the Royal College of Surgeons
LRCP Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, London
LRCPE Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
LRCPI Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
LRCPS(Glas) Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (formerly Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons)
LRCS Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
LRCSE Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
LRCSI Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
LCh Licentiate in Surgery
LDS Licentiate in Dental Surgery
LHSM Licentiate, Institute of Health Services Management
LM (and LicMed) Licentiate in Medicine
LM Licentiate in Midwifery
LMSSA Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery, the Society of Apothecaries

 

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