Medical Doctors and Dentists in Ghana have taken a definite step to differentiate themselves from persons with PhDs and Honorary Doctorate degree holders in the supreme interest of their patients.
Members of the Ghana Medical Association have resolved to refer to medical doctors as Dr(Med) while dentists and dental surgeons are to be referred to as Dr(Dent).
The new designations, according are effective January 1, 2024, according to a press release issued on January 3, 2024 and signed by the President of the GMA, Frank Serebour.
“Members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) at the 65th Annual General Meeting held in Takoradi in November 2023, having deliberated extensively on issues of patients’ rights, patient safety and quality healthcare among others, decided on new designations to be used by all Medical Doctors and Dentists in Ghana effective 1st January, 2024.
The designations are as follows:
Dr. (Med) for Medical Doctors
Dr. (Dent) for Dentists/Dental Surgeons
Medical Doctors and Dentists with additional academic titles will prefix these titles with their academic titles as appropriate. For example, Medical Doctors or Dentists with a professorial rank appointment and/or a PhD qualification may be designated Prof. Dr. (Med), Prof. Dr. Dr. (Med), Dr. Dr. (Med), Prof. Dr. (Dent), Prof. Dr. (Dent) or Dr. Dr. (Dent) as may apply,” the press release said.
It urged members of the GMA to take steps to change their name tags and appealed to the Media to refer to their members appropriately concerning the new designations.
“All Medical Doctors and Dentists/Dental Surgeons practising in Ghana are therefore to take note and change their name tags, practitioner stamps and other relevant materials to reflect the change. Members are encouraged to wear their name tags at all times at work to ensure clear and easy identification in the interest of patients and public safety.
All Medical Doctors and Dentists should readily show their designations when asked by patients or the public. We implore the media and the public to take note of the new designations and refer to Medical Doctors and Dentists as such,” the release added.
Medical doctors and dentists as well as PhD holders are also addressed as doctors, often creating confusion. The new designations are deemed to address the challenge.