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Abbreviations After a Doctor's Name

Abbreviations After a Doctor's Name

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Doctor Abbreviations

  • They might indicate the type of schooling or training they received so that they'd be qualified to specialize in a certain field. 
  • They can indicate professional associations to which they belong. 
  • They can also point out other kinds of education or designations that they have earned over the course of their career.


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Medical and Dental Degrees

  • AuD - Doctor of Audiology
  • DC - Doctor of Chiropractic
  • DDS - Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Dental Science
  • DMD - Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Medical Dentistry
  • DO or OD - Doctor of Optometry, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • DPT - Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • DScPT - Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy
  • DSN - Doctor of Science in Nursing
  • DVM - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • ENT - Ear, nose and throat specialist
  • GP - General Practitioner
  • GYN - Gynecologist
  • MD - Doctor of Medicine
  • MS - Master of Surgery
  • OB/GYN - Obstetrician and Gynecologist
  • PharmD - Doctor of Pharmacy


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Medical Associations

  • FAAEM - Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • FAAFP - Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • FACS - Fellow of the American Medical Association
  • FFR - Fellow Faculty of Radiologists
  • FRCPSC - Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • MRCOG - Member Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • MRCS - Member Royal College of Surgeons


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Other Degrees and Associations

  • DD - Doctor of Divinity
  • DEd or EdD - Doctor of Education
  • DPA - Doctor of Public Administration
  • DPH - Doctor of Public Health
  • DPhil or PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
  • FFPHM - Fellow Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • JD - Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
  • PSYCH - Psychologist
  • ScD - Doctor of Science
  • SScD - Doctor of Social Science
  • ThD - Doctor of Theology


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A doctor is considered one of the most prestigious and respected careers, whether the person is a medical or dental doctor or a doctor in one of the sciences. There are a number of different abbreviations after a doctor's name, and while it's unlikely that you will know them all, some are better known than others. This guide to the letters that come after a doctor's title will help you determine whether you're getting the care and information that you seek from the appropriate professional.


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