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Doctor qualifications and abbreviations

Our list of medical qualifications and abbreviations will help you to understand what the letters after a doctor's name actually stand for.
 
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Abbreviation
Qualification or full description
BCh
Bachelor of Surgery
BChir
Bachelor of Surgery
BM
Bachelor of Medicine
BMedSci
Bachelor of Medical Sciences
BPharm
Bachelor of Pharmacy
BS
Bachelor of Surgery
BSc
Bachelor of Science
ChB
Bachelor of Surgery
CPH
Certificate in Public Health
DA
Diploma in Anaesthetics
DCh
Doctor of Surgery
DCH
Diploma in Child Health
DCP
Diploma in Clinical Pathology
DCPath
Diploma College of Pathologists
DDS
Doctor of Dental Surgery
DFM
Diploma in Forensic Medicine
DGM
Diploma in Geriatric Medicine
DGO
Diploma in Gynaecology and Obstetrics
Dip GU Med
Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine
DMR
Diploma in Medical Radiology
DO
Diploma in Ophthalmology
DObst
Diploma in Obstetrics
DPath
Diploma in Pathology
DPhil
Doctor of Philosophy
DPhysMed
Diploma in Physical Medicine
DPH
Diploma in Public Health
DPM
Diploma in Psychological Medicine
DR
Diploma in Radiology
DRCOG
Diploma Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
DRCPath
Diploma Royal College of Pathologists
DS
Doctor of Surgery
FFA
Fellow Faculty of Anaesthetists
FFCM
Fellow Faculty of Community Medicine
FFFP
Fellow of the Faculty of Family Planning
FFPath
Fellow Faculty of Pathology
FFPHM
Fellow Faculty of Public Health Medicine
FFR
Fellow Faculty of Radiologists
FRCA
Fellow Royal College of Anaesthetists
FRCGP
Fellow Royal College of General Practitioners
FRCOG
Fellow Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
FRCOphth
Fellow College of Ophthalmology
FRCPath
Fellow Royal College of Pathologists
FRCPS
Fellow Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons
FRCPsych
Fellow Royal College of Psychiatrists
FRCR
Fellow Royal College of Radiologists
FRCS
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons
FRCSI
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
FRS
Fellow of the Royal Society
FRSH
Fellow Royal Society of Health
GP
General Practitioner
LMS
Licentiate of Medicine & Surgery
LRCP
Licentiate Royal College of Physicians
LRCPI
Licentiate Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
LRCPS
Licentiate Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons
LRCS
Licentiate Royal College of Surgeons
LRCSI
Licentiate Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
MA
Master of Arts
MBAcA
Member British Acupuncture Association
MBBCh
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MBBS
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MBChB
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MCh, MChir
Master of Surgery
MChOrth
Master of Orthopaedic Surgery
MClinPscychol
Master of Clinical Psychology
MD
Doctor of Medicine
MFFP
Member Faculty of Family Planning
MFOM
Member Faculty of Occupational Medicine
MFPHM
Member Faculty of Public Health Medicine
MMed
Master of Medicine
MMedSc
Master of Medical Science
MPhil
Master of Philosophy
MRCGP
Member Royal College of General Practitioners
MRCOG
Member Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
MRCP
Member Royal College of Physicians
MRCPath
Member Royal College of Pathologists
MRCPI
Member Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
MRCPsych
Member Royal College of Psychiatrists
MRCS
Member Royal College of Surgeons
MS
Master of Surgery
MSc
Master of Science
PRHO
Pre-Registration House Officer (now replaced by Foundation Year 1)
PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
SHO
Senior House Officer
SpR
Specialist Registrar