Comment 6510

By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted April 26, 2007 at 15:38:35

In writing a letter, I will append MD when the issue is relevant to public health. I will not append it for the weight of "credentialing", in fact that practice is vain.

Some of these issues are political and most doctors avoid such controversy like the plague. That avoids this professional duty:

"Family physicians have the responsibility to advocate public policy that promotes their patients’ health." http://www.cfpc.ca/English/cfpc/about...

Much of the general public is very suspicious of doctors getting political. A lot of societal problems arise from overspecialization, and family docs, being generalists by vocation and often by nature, are in an excellent position to identify these problems.

As for the Spec, it would be helpful for them to adopt a policy of returning any letters for editing which contain anything remotely personally critical, as this is a socially divisive weapon which even more harmfully serves to avoid or demote the discussion of real issues.

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