Lady Medblrs: Last Names
So I’ve got a question for all you ladydocs out there: if under the circumstances you were to be married, which last name would you prefer to be professionally known as?
This question might depend on a number of factors: timing of marriage, stage of career, traditional vs non-traditional, ease of name changing, one’s own personal beliefs.
I always felt that no matter when I got married, whether it’d be before I graduated medical school or after, I would keep my maiden name professionally and go by Dr. MJ. I went through medical school as an MJ, I earned my medical degree as an MJ, and so I want to be Dr. MJ.
But, I would also like to take my husband’s last name socially… but I’m not sure how all that works in the “real world” with licensing and such. Is there a checkbox you mark that says, “Hi yes I want to be Dr. MJ at the hospital but everywhere else I’m gonna go by Mrs. X”?
Thoughts and opinions?