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Questions like this bother me because they seem to imply one or more erroneous premises, such as "Title equals intelligence, " or "Formal education equals intelligence" or "Experience is less valuable than formal education," etc.
In most of my encounters with physicians, I have found that they have more in-depth knowledge of a particular health condition or disease process, and I have a more in-depth knowledge of a particular patient at a given time. It takes both of our expertise to do well by the patient.
I don't know what makes a person smart? The ability to make it through school by memorization, the ability to spell, write beautifully, the ability to express themselves through the spoken word? The ability to comprehend then teach? The capacity to feel for others, and understand their limitations? Letters behind a name?
I think it really depends on whom you are speaking to....and what their expectations are, and how limited their view of life is.
When I see those cancer centers of America commercials it seems to me all of those doctors that blurt out "you have cancer" are dumb because they don't have the common sense to understand how those words will affect the lives of those receiving the news. Yet they are doctors and well educated.
The smartest people I know don't dwell in any one area of life, don't espouse only one way to do something, acknowledge that there are people who know more than they do, and continue learning throughout their lives. They are smart enough to know that life requires a continous evolution of thought and learning-NOT STAGNATION.
Agree with the general "feeling" of this thread. Intelligence should not be confused with education. However, a "core" level of intelligence is obviously required to ensure you can complete medical school.
In a lovely bit of irony, "is" is singular; both "doctors" and "nurses" are plural. The question asked is grammatically invalid.
Irony is a wonderful thing.
The question is not specific enough . .. you cannot lump ALL docs and ALL nurses into a category.
I work with a group of medical professionals who go to Vietnam every Spring and Summer for medical clinics in rural areas. WE are ALL a bunch of smart AND resourceful folks to put on a clinic in a different rural community every single day for 2 1/2 weeks, sometimes with glitches to our source of electricity or government interference or emergencies or flooding or staff getting heat exhaustion or big old spiders in your shower. We see over 400 patients every single day.
We are nurses, docs from many specialities, nurse practioners, pharmacists, opthamologists, dentists, dental assistants, med students, pharmacy students . . .