What Do Those Letters Mean?

  • D.D.S. - Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • D.M.D. - Doctor of Medical Dentistry
  • D.O. - Doctor of Osteopathy
  • D.P.M. - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • F.A.A.D. - Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology
  • F.A.A.E.M. - Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • F.A.A.F.P. - Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • F.A.C.C. - Fellow of the American College of Cardiologists
  • F.A.C.E. - Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology
  • F.A.C.E.P. - Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians
  • F.A.C.G. - Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology
  • F.A.C.F.A.S. - Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • F.A.C.O.G. - Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists
  • F.A.C.O.S. - Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
  • F.A.C.P. - Fellow of the American College of Physicians
  • F.A.C.C.P. - Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians
  • F.A.C.S. - Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • F.A.S.P.S. - Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons
  • F.H.M. - Fellow in Hospital Medicine
  • F.I.C.S. - Fellow of the International College of Surgeons
  • F.S.C.A.I. - Fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
  • F.S.T.S. - Fellow of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • M.B.A.-Master of Business Administration
  • M.D. - Medical Doctor
  • M.P.H. - Master of Public Health
  • N.P. - Nurse Practitioner
  • O.D. - Dcctor of Optometry
  • P.A. - Physician Assistant
  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy
  • Psy.D.-Doctor of Psychology

What is a Fellow?

Fellows are a special group of physicians who are dedicated to continuing education in medical practice, teaching, or research. Fellowship is an honorary designation given to recognize ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine.

Fellowship is a mark of distinction. It says that your physician has made - and continues to make - special efforts to be a better physician. Ultimately, it says your physician cares about delivering good health care.

How does a Physician become a Fellow?

Physicians must show that they are always growing and learning in order for the honor of Fellowship to be conferred. They may show this through activities such as teaching, hospital appointments, public service, community health planning, continuing medical education, publishing articles, and advanced training.

They may also be recommended by other Fellows who must attest to their character, ethics, and excellence in professional medical activities.

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