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Throughout my medical training so far, I have always addressed the consultant physicans as Dr and the consultant surgeons as Mr/Miss/Mrs/Ms, whichever was appropriate. This has been the case since I started my clinical training as a 3rd year medical student and has lasted all the way to my SHO days. I have always believed, unless an individual has specified otherwise, that HOs, SHOs and SpRs can be addressed on a first name basis, but the consultant must be called by their title and surname.
Recently I stumbled upon a consultant physican who asked me to address him by his first name. This was a shock to me and despite his request, just like a parrot, I still called him Dr X. It felt very alien to call a consultant by his first name which got me thinking? Is medicine full of old traditions that are just followed, like this, or is it important to identify the consultant by using their title and not been overfamililar.
If your a consultant what is your view and how do your team address you? If your a junior or middle grade, what do you think of this situation and how will you like to be addressed when you become a consultant?