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Question: Title Meanings

 ryjb - Mon Jun 13, 2005 11:46 pm

I know this may seem foolish to ask this but I need to know.
What do the titles on the end of doctors names mean for example John Smith MD
What do these mean?


 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Jun 14, 2005 5:52 am

User avatar Hi ryjb,
Certainly not foolish at all :)
MD (Medical Doctor/doctor's degree in medicine)
DO (Doctor of Osteopathy/doctors degree in osteopathy)
DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine)
DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)
PC (?)
Ph.D (Doctor of Philosophy)
FACP (Fellow of the American College of Physicians)
 yohan - Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:46 pm

Hello. I have some similar questions. What, then, are the titles if a doctor specializes in oncology and pediatrics? thanks!

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