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Doctor qualifications and abbreviations

Training of UK doctors and specialists

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