I recently learned about the change of our association’s name to Doctors of BC. I proposed renaming the association Doctors BC some 30 years ago, as described in an article I wrote for the May 1983 issue of the BC Medical Journal, (BCMJ 1983;25:232-233). I welcome the recent name change but I would delete the word of from the name. It does not roll off the tongue and is redundant. In my view no one would misinterpret Doctors BC as something originating from the government. I would be interested to know how the new name was arrived at and what consultation process was involved. I retired from the practice of urology in Vernon in 1999. From 1974 to 1986 I was an active communications officer for the Vernon Medical Society and worked closely with Jim Gilmore, during whose tenure as director of communications the association’s new logo was introduced.
—Nicholas Rety, MB
We have posted Dr Rety’s article online as a matter of historical interest. —ED.
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