For me it is situational and depends on where we are and even who it is
I'm addressing. Some docs I socialize with outside of work and I feel
free to call them by their first name most of the time. However if it is
in front of a patient or on the floor with nursing staff or maybe with
out of hospital colleagues I generally use Dr X. Other docs I always use
Dr X because it just seems more natural with them. Residents mostly by
their first names except when with a patient.


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Subject: chat: form of address with doctors

Hello All,

This has been on my mind for a while. I always address email
correspondence to an MD or DO as Dr. So-and-so. Most of them, however,
sign their first name to their email, or even introduce themselves by
their first name. Am I being too formal? What is expected these days? I
don't want to seem rude by addressing them more formally than they
address themselves.

I hadn't thought too much of it until one of my daughters went from a
small private school (where teachers were addressed by first names) to a
regular public school, and suddenly, the teachers (to the kids) were
Mrs. R- and Mrs. M--.  My daughter's teacher is soooo much younger than
me, that I had too much of a hard time calling her Mrs. R-myself and I
address her by her first name. I don't know if that is right either.

Most of the new residents are also a lot younger than I am (I am 40),
and I was chatting with some mom friends the other day about how it
grates on our nerves to be called Ma'am.

What do you do?

Barbara Cosart, MLIS, AHIP --please note new phone number!
CEC Medical Librarian for Nursing
Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge Seton Healthcare Family
1400 N. IH-35, Suite 2.303
Austin, TX 78701-1966
Phone: (512) 324-7000 x 77444
Fax: (512) 324-7654
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