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Thread: Can we talk Doctors? A Discussion on the Academic Title

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    Re: Can we talk Doctors? A Discussion on the Academic Title

    Quote Originally Posted by Dezaad View Post
    Everyone, including physicians, should eschew the title "Dr." when outside of their own professional settings. Everyone, including PhDs and Physicians should feel encouraged to use the title 'Dr.' in their respective professional settings. It is mostly physicians that I see using the title 'Dr.' outside of their professional setting, though occasionally PhDs do as well.
    Outside of medicine, I only see professors being called Dr.

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    Re: Can we talk Doctors? A Discussion on the Academic Title

    I work with a lot of scientists that have pH D in chemistry. Everyone calls them by their first name. Never doctor. Same thing with people with PharmD.
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    Re: Can we talk Doctors? A Discussion on the Academic Title

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Outside of medicine, I only see professors being called Dr.
    Interesting. Socially, I have been introduced to physicians and they have been introduced with, say, "Please let me introduce you to Dr. Smith". They have not objected to this use of their title. I think they should correct the introduction, saying, "Please call me Mr. Smith, or John".

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    Re: Can we talk Doctors? A Discussion on the Academic Title

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    Re: Can we talk Doctors? A Discussion on the Academic Title

    It's also an age thing. Younger physicians usually use their first names in social and even professional settings. Older docs never do.

    I remember a neighbor 25 years ago that everyone knew as Dr. Miller. Everyone. He was a retired dentist. Very old school.
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    Re: Can we talk Doctors? A Discussion on the Academic Title

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    It's also an age thing. Younger physicians usually use their first names in social and even professional settings. Older docs never do.

    I remember a neighbor 25 years ago that everyone knew as Dr. Miller. Everyone. He was a retired dentist. Very old school.
    I keep remembering hangover. Paging dr.........
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    Re: Can we talk Doctors? A Discussion on the Academic Title

    Quote Originally Posted by Dezaad View Post
    Interesting. Socially, I have been introduced to physicians and they have been introduced with, say, "Please let me introduce you to Dr. Smith". They have not objected to this use of their title. I think they should correct the introduction, saying, "Please call me Mr. Smith, or John".

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    It sounds like you were being formally introduced. What you refer to as a correction is being less formal-perhaps at an initial meeting thats not appropriate. Im on a first name basis with most MD's I work with, the few I am not, is because I dont know them (and they me). Frankly if they want to be called Dr, I dont really care.

    True story, the only sticklers Ive encountered for using the title Dr were 3rd and rarely 4th year med students (where they are not yet physicians, and not even yet residents), who seem to want to use their newly earned title. Now that Im out of school, med students are not called dr by anyone. Again-they aren't yet MD's, they have a doctorate-most havent ever touched a patient. The title they have is "3rd year med student". With residents its first name if I know them, if not that will eventually get worked out. Most physicians are informal, frankly.

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    Re: Can we talk Doctors? A Discussion on the Academic Title

    Quote Originally Posted by Threegoofs View Post
    It's also an age thing. Younger physicians usually use their first names in social and even professional settings. Older docs never do.

    I remember a neighbor 25 years ago that everyone knew as Dr. Miller. Everyone. He was a retired dentist. Very old school.
    I call older Dr, more out of respect, like I'd refer to an older man as Mr. Typically we quickly become informal. Old school was different.

    Technically Lawyers can be called doctor, but its a douchey move, and doesn't exactly class up the reputation lawyers have.

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    Re: Can we talk Doctors? A Discussion on the Academic Title

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    It sounds like you were being formally introduced. What you refer to as a correction is being less formal-perhaps at an initial meeting thats not appropriate. Im on a first name basis with most MD's I work with, the few I am not, is because I dont know them (and they me). Frankly if they want to be called Dr, I dont really care.

    True story, the only sticklers Ive encountered for using the title Dr were 3rd and rarely 4th year med students (where they are not yet physicians, and not even yet residents), who seem to want to use their newly earned title. Now that Im out of school, med students are not called dr by anyone. Again-they aren't yet MD's, they have a doctorate-most havent ever touched a patient. The title they have is "3rd year med student". With residents its first name if I know them, if not that will eventually get worked out. Most physicians are informal, frankly.
    I said "Socially". As in, outside of "Professionally". In any "Social" setting, everyone should be introduced without professional titles. Etiquette generally says different with regard to 'MDs', and I completely disagree.
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    Re: Can we talk Doctors? A Discussion on the Academic Title

    Quote Originally Posted by 99percenter View Post
    I keep remembering hangover. Paging dr.........
    In school we often had parties where med and PA students would attend, and EVERYONE used that line.

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