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Medical Student v.s. MD Candidate

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Which would be the appropriate term? I see MD Candidate 20XX a lot but if you ask anyone on Reddit they will tell you that's a big no-no because we aren't candidates in the same sense as PhD or MSc students, there is no dissertation or defense or whatever. However, Medical Student Class of 20XX seems too long... How do you address yourself (e.g. in signatures of emails/linkedin).

Personally, I use Medical Student (20XX)...

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My name (always)

Medical Student, Class of 2020 (if it's not someone I know directly)

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Sherbrooke (if it's not someone from my own university)

 

As you've mentioned, saying "MD Candidate" is a no-no.

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It is commonly done - but I do not think that necessarily means that it is an expectation. To me, an email from one's university email account, with a statement introducing yourself as a ** year medical student at ** University would be equally professional without coming off as overly formal.

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lol I signed off as MD Candidate throughout med school and didn't even realize it was frowned upon
no one ever gave me flak for it or disadvantaged me in any way that was perceivable

I don't think ppl really care what your email signature is, they barely care enough to read the first line of your email body and send you their one-word replies

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Personally, I don't think we need a signature at the med student stage.

Being this far down on the totem pole, nobody we are emailing professionally is going to be confused about or much care that we are a "MD candidate". In the body of the email, you will introduce yourself as a medical student at whatever level of training and from which school. That should suffice.

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I never used an email signature with my graduating year. If it was relevant, I mentioned it in the body of the email. 

There were a few more formal letters and such where I included “MD Class of 2018” under my name, but that was only a handful. 

Wouldn’t bother with the signature in your place, to be honest. 

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I agree with the preceding two posters and also don't add a formal signature at this point, but to each his/her own.  Used in the right context, formal signatures can add to increase  professionalism, but as a student, I think there's not much gain, except in maybe very particular situations.  
 

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