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Becoming and being a doctor is a long and continuous process of qualification, training, specialisation and practice, marked by degrees, diplomas, doctorates and fellowships, obtained by examination, award or election. These certificates are a reminder that medicine regards itself as an ancient, learned profession. The wording of the FRCP and DSc are in Latin. You can end up with fifty or more letters after your name.