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Do these awards mean much in England, have you heard of them? If a doc boasted of these would you be impressed or not so much. They sound goodfor an amaerican surgeon just wondering.
Another way of 'gauging' a doctor is research portfolio, it isn't always applicable but it is another useful slant to use.
I'm sorry but that's not helpful.
Many hospital doctors and certainly most GPs are excellent clinicians but they certainly don't have time for research - because they are too busy seeing patients to play about with test tubes and publish scientific papers. This is the problem with the world these days; people have become so target obsessed that they have lost sight of the fact that being a good doctor and a nice person takes skill too.
At the same time, there are plenty of hopeless doctors who are geniuses in the lab. Research is not medicine, any more than medicine amounts to research. There are often overlaps, but they are two very different things requiring two very different skill sets.
That said, if you've worked your nuts off for a piece of paper, why not flaunt it? I certainly wouldn't disrespect someone for being well qualified...
And just for the record, there are many people who don't "boast" about their qualifications but do include them in their titles because then people know their credentials.
Variola the Pox, BACP FDAP BPS UKRCP
Quote from: Variola on 04/01/2010 07:57:53Variola the Pox, BACP FDAP BPS UKRCPYou?  
However, and perhaps this is what you were getting at Variola, where research track records can be helpful is in cases involving unusual or rare conditions for which specialist knowledge is essential. But, bear in mind that a string of published papers does not say anything about that individual's ability to treat a patient, merely to do (good) science.
If a doctor has RSC after his name, as you point out he is trained, experienced checked and validated to ensure good medical practise.
Quote from: Variola on 04/01/2010 09:11:48If a doctor has RSC after his name, as you point out he is trained, experienced checked and validated to ensure good medical practise. Royal Society of Chemistry ? Must be a clinical pharmacologist