Bmj blog archive lucy great deals on Prom Dresses dennison on changing her surname I seem to be at an age when every summer weekend involves a wedding.When it came to my own wedding this summer i had to face the dilemma of whether or not to change my surname.This has been a fairly hot topic amongst my friends, many of whom are doctors, and seems to provoke impassioned debate on both sides.I remember thinking it odd the first time i realised that some female surgeons known as wore wedding rings. This apparent contradiction puzzled me but over the last 10 years i spent studying and working in hospital it has become quite normal.In fact, these days if i see results about Bridesmaid Dresses am introduced to a female surgeon as i register this, involuntarily, with surprise.Interestingly, most of my surgeon friends have kept their maiden name at work while most gp friends have taken their married name. I decided to take my married name and set about changing it with every organisation i could think of.After about the fiftieth letter i was beginning to sympathise with the argument that it simply easier not to change it, but i persevered.When i spoke to my university about changing my name their rather enigmatic advice was to consider my options carefully, as they would need to see legal documentation if i wanted to change it back again.This made me wonder whether they were implying my marriage wouldn make it through to june(When i will hopefully qualify)But i giving them the benefit of the doubt and assuming they were trying to counsel me well.I then arrived at the bmj, to start as a clegg scholar, where i had forgotten to mention my name change to anyone.For the sake of simplicity i have reverted back to my maiden name for eight weeks, but find myself hesitating for thought whenever i introduce myself, which hardly engenders confidence in my new acquaintances.My most recent name change challenge came when i tried(Unsuccessfully)To enrol on the foundation programme application website.Unfortunately, university name change hadn caught up with the information submitted to the foundation programme, so after a couple of days of emails and phone calls together we managed to unravel it.One of my(More superficial)Reasons for wanting to change my name was that i could have a new signature.At work i had often lamented my rather laborious signature and envied those sensible enough to have a little squiggle signature instead, thinking of the seconds it would save when prescribing and signing letters.However, old habits die hard.My new signature is actually a replica of the old one, only my new surname is longer. The last few months have given me a much better understanding of the arguments for not taking you married name, but despite the teething problems, i still glad i did. Lucy dennison is a clegg scholar at the bmj. Many thanks for highlighting this issue.When i got married last summer the advice from female medical friends about changing my name was mixed.Keen to have my passport in my married name for my honeymoon, i decided to change that, but kept virtually everything else including work documents in my maiden name. I now find myself stuck in a noman land, with two identities.At work this isn a huge issue, but outside of work i regularly find myself getting funny looks when i temporarily forget which name i given, for example when booking a restaurant. Based on my experience, i suspect you made the right decision! Helen barratt(Or is it hewitt? ) In these days of identity fraud, a female doctor with two surnames can seem really dodgy. I signed a credit card slip with the wrong name recently.And, as my passport in my married name, that what i use when flying and checking into hotels when travelling for the bmj.But that really confuses the people i meeting, and one american asked if i was on a witness protection program. When the bma took over most of a plane to fly delegates to a meeting in jamaica in the 1990s, someone had failed to book adjacent seats for the female doctors and their diferentlynamed husbands.The few other passengers nearly mutinied, apparently, when the bma contingent insisted on reshuffling the entire cabin before take off. I have been known to sit in waiting rooms blithely reading on while someone yells margaret jenkins, thanks to not only not using Sexy Prom Dresses UK my married name as a rule, but also my first name.Other problems;Child benefit not being allowed to be paid other than to an account with my married name, necessitating a new account, which was very difficult to open, as neither passport not utility bills are in my married name.Pure inertia plus being known professionally by my maiden name were the reasons for deciding not to use my married name 28 years ago. I am amazed that in this new world, when men and women are supposed to be equals, there is still a need for the woman to take on her husband name.And it is also amazing how paddy dennison response reflects on the outdated belong to me thinking.In any case, statistically, so many marriages are breaking up that most choose not to get married and the inconvenience of changing all the official papers and documents and the possibility of fraud and mischief is not worth it.Come on men, let us be less chauvinistic.After all, she is bringing the bacon home.