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 
- Baccalaureates (degrees of Bachelor)
- Postgraduate diplomas 
- Qualifying diplomas 

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; MD Doctor of Medicine
DCh; DS Doctor of Surgery
DDS Doctor of Dental Surgery

Masterships

Style: 'Master of...'

MCh; MChir; MS; ChM Master of Surgery
MDS; MChD Master of Dental Surgery
MAO Master of the Art of Obstetrics
MChOrth Master of Orthopaedic Surgery
MClinPsychol Master of Clinical Psychology
MClSc Master of Clinical Science
MCommH Master of Community Health
MMed Master of Medicine
MMedSci; MMS Master of Medical Science

Baccalaureates

Style: 'Bachelor of...'

BM or MB Bachelor of Medicine
BDS; BChD; BDentS Bachelor of Dental Surgery
BAO Bachelor of the Art of Obstetrics
BAc Bachelor of Acupuncture
BASc Bachelor of Applied Science
BMedSci Bachelor of Medical Science
BPharm Bachelor of Pharmacy
MB BChir; MB ChB; MBBCh;
MB BS; BM BCh; BM BS; BM
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Postgraduate Diplomas

Fellowships

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

FDSRCS Fellow in Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England
FRCA Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
FRCN Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing
FRCOphth Felow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
FRCP Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
FRCPCH Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
FRCPEd Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
FRCP(Glas) Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
FRCS Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
FRCSEd Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
FRCSI Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
FRCS(Glasg) 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
FRCPI Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
FRCPath Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists
FRCPsych Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
FRCR Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists
FDS RCS Fellow in Dental Surgery Royal College of Surgeons
FDS RCSEd Fellow in Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of Edingburgh
FDS RCPS(Glas) Fellow in Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow

Memberships

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

MCEM Member of the College of Emergency Medicine
MFDS (RCS Eng) Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England
MFDS RCPS(Glasg) Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
MFICM Member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
MFPH Member of the Faculty of Public Health
MFPM Member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
MFSRH Member of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
MJDF(RCS Eng) Member of the Joint Dental Faculties, Royal College of surgeons of England
MRCA Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
MRCN Member of the royal College of Nursing
MRCOphth Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians
MRCPCH Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
MRCPEd Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
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
MRCS(Glasg) Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
MRCSI Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
MRCGP Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners
MRCPath Member of the Royal College of Pathologists
MRCPI Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
MRCPsych Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
MRCR Member of the Royal Colleg eof Radiologists
MRCS Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
MRCSEd Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

 

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