Less letters, same degree, still doctors

What does the shift towards the MD — familiar in Australia as the post-nominal of various US television doctors in hospital dramas — mean for the future of Australian medicine?

Firstly, for Australian doctors holding the traditional Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) nothing should change. The Medical Board of Australia that approves a particular medical qualification accredits both the incoming MDs, as well as the traditional MBBS still favoured by some Australian medical schools, on equal terms.

However, in our view, there were two good