Understanding registrant credentials

The following glossary explains typical credentials for physicians and surgeons who are registered and licensed by the College to practise medicine in British Columbia.

Medical degrees

Most of these credentials are displayed publicly in the College’s registrant directory.

Credential Degree Description
MD

Doctor of Medicine

The degree awarded to a graduate of a medical school who is qualified to enter postgraduate training to become a physician.
MB, BS

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

or

Medicinae Baccalaureus, Baccalaureus Chirurgiae

This designation is equivalent to an MD. Considered as one designation, it includes the two first professional undergraduate degrees awarded upon graduation from medical school in medicine and surgery by universities in various countries that follow the tradition of the United Kingdom.

This designation can be represented in various ways. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • MB, ChB
  • BM, BS
  • MB, BChir
  • BM, BCh
  • MB, BCh
DO Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine The degree awarded to a graduate of a school or college of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association who is qualified to enter postgraduate training to become a physician.
MD, CM Medicinae Doctorem et Chirurgiae Magistrum The degree awarded to a medical graduate of McGill University in Canada who is qualified to enter postgraduate training to become a physician.
MB, BCh, BAO

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Obstetrics

or

Medicinae Baccalaureus Baccalaureus Chirurgiae Baccalaureus in Arte Obstetricia

The degree awarded to a graduate of a medical school in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
DPM Doctor of Podiatric Medicine The degree awarded to a graduate of an accredited college of podiatric medicine who is qualified to enter hospital-based residency training to become a podiatric surgeon.