Titles and Credentials
Faculty and physicians
Georgette A. Dent, MD
In letters or stories, after first reference as name, MD, it’s fine to refer to physicians as “Dr. Jennette” or “Dr. Fowler” etc.
Separate multiple credentials with commas: Lindsay Wilson, MD, MPH
Medical students, residents and fellows
For med students, indicate what year they’ll finish / graduate, ie, Class of 2023
sometimes in signatures you’ll see students use M.D. Candidate, Class of 2023
For residents, use their credentials and can add PGY-1, PGY-2, (for Post Graduate Year X) etc if you need to indicate what residency year they’re in.
Hagar Elgendy, MD, MS
PGY-2, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Fellows don’t have the same PGY credential as above, so just use MD (and anything else such as MPH, etc).
Martha Sharpless, MD ’59
Uppercase vs. lowercase for titles
When are titles lowercase – AP style calls for titles to be lowercase if they are informal, appear without a person’s name, follow a person’s name or are set off before a name by commas. ie, “She is director of the Complex Skin Cancer Center.” or ” … said Center director, Carrie Lee, MD.”