On first name termsBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1450 (Published 06 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1450
- Oliver Ellis, foundation year 1 doctor, Mersey Deanery
My first proper job was as a computer salesman at a big chain of electrical shops. During my induction the general manager introduced himself as John Clark.
I had just left school, and my only retail experience was from watching reruns of the 1970s British sitcoms Are You Being Served and Open All Hours, so I had no idea whether I should call him John or Mr Clark. I spent the next week addressing him as “Excuse me” and desperately listening out for cues from my colleagues.
Seven months into my first job …