It has been a while since I've been in school and my current job violates every English rule in the book. After years of reading this stuff, I've forgotten some basic rules.

Here are some examples. They get worse than this, but here are the ones that are most confusing to me.

"Over the last few years, we have been working with the Operations Department to reduce patient wait time and improve customer service."

Should operations and departmant be capitalized? Or should both be lower case or only department be lower case?

The same questions can be raised about the Human Resources department. Should HR really be capitalized?

They insist on capitalizing Domestic Violence, Patient/Staff Falls in the following sentence stating that they are topics.

"The PI Board Subcommittee selected Domestic Violence and Patient/Staff Falls as 2005 safety priorities."

Domestic violence and patient falls are just items were are investigating. These are not topics! They are just items.

"The Lab Transition Team embarked on a new discovery."

Does team need to be capitalized? Is it allowable?

"This undertaking involves providers, lab, MIS and Health Information Departments."

Is it allowable for departments to be capitalized?

"The Lab Director, MIS Director, and Health Information Manager will colaborate."

First none of these words are followed by a name, which from what i understand is the rule for capitalization. But should health information manager be lower cased too?

This is an interesting one.

"The Medication Ad Hoc Committee, which consisted of representatives from Dental, Management, Pharmacy, Nursing, and PI, met several times."

Ok, can there be a Medication Ad Hoc Committee as a formal name? Isn't it better stated ad hoc Medications Committee? How can you have Ad Hoc in the formal name of a committee that lasted only a few weeks? It is just a regular committee that was formed on the spot--nothing special.

Then there is the question of personnel from dental, management, pharmacy, and nursing departments

Thanks guys!.

Your question about capitalization is quite a common occurrence in today’s

office memos and correspondence. I don’t claim to be an expert but this is what

I know from observation. It's my rule of thumb, when referring to something

non-specific, capitalization is not required. However, when I am referring

to something specific, I ‘d capitalize it. “HR” in my opinion needs to be

capitalized. If you are talking about a specific department, like “Finance”

or “Information Technology” and “Plant Maintenance” etc…

Title, proper names and beginning of a sentence also require capitalization.

Perhaps other experts in the subject can comment on it or correct any information

I may have incorrectly presented here.


Always have 2 cents in my pocket to spare…J

To my knowledge Goodman is perfectly correct. Emotion: smile If "operations department" is explicitly referring to something with that title, then the first letter of each word should be capitalised; if this (probably a building) was named, say, "Department for Operations" then "operations department" would no longer be directly referring to it, and would therefore be in lower case.

"Department for Operations" raises another element of capitalisation which I'll only elaborate on if necessary; it's really annoying, basically. Emotion: stick out tongue
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Thanks guys, but what about job titles?
I would apprecate any elaboration. Please. This seems to go against everything i've been taught. But its been a while so maybe i'm wrong. Are there any a websites where i can get more info on the rules
Job-titles are capitalized if they precede a name as in Vice President Ames. If they appear after the name, they're not: Jesse Ames, vice president, Inter-Tel Canada, presented the award.

Capitalization rules are many and fussy. I'd recommend you pick up an English handbook at a used book store for a couple of bucks if you want to know the rules quickly.
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