Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Medical Degrees

Every time I am waiting to visit a doctor, I am intrigued by all the jargon that is suffixed after their names. With all due respect to their long tenure as students and the well deserved degrees which gives them these titles, I guess a lay person probably gets intimidated just by looking at these jargons.
So in an effort to de-mystify these jargons, I did some research on what all of it meant.
A medical degree is, broadly defined, any academic degree which places its holder in a position to engage in the practice of medicine
Title
Meaning
Additional Notes
MBBS
The MBBS degree represents the level of training required to be licensed as a physicians
In India
MD
Higher post graduate degree, representative of specialty training
Training is obtained in medical disciplines which are of non surgical nature
MS
Master of Surgery

DNB
Diplomate of National Board – Is considered equivalent to the MD & MS degrees
Obtained by passing the exam conducted by the National Board of Examinations
DM
Doctorate in Medicine
Can be obtained after the first postgraduate degree – MD
MCH
Magister Chirurgiae
Can be obtained after the first postgraduate degree – MS
DNB (Super speciality)
Diplomate of National Board 
Can be obtained after the first postgraduate degree – DNB
FRCS
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
Is a professional qualification to practice as a surgeon in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland
FRCP
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
Is a professional qualification to practice as a physician in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland
MRCP
Member of the Royal College of Physician
In UK. The three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom share a common membership examination in general medicine: this is the examination for the Diploma of Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom.
For now, I will end this post. And, every time I come across a new one I will add to this list.
Compiled from public sources
Special Thanks to Dr. Mohan for taking the time to patiently explain this to me

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