Quote from realmaninuniform
Unless you have the initials PhD, MD, or DO, and refer to yourself as a doctor (this includes therapists), you are a fraud and have absolutely 0 credibility, and should be ashamed of yourself not only as a person, but as a member of the healthcare team
other healthcare doctorates besides the PhD, MD, and DO, and plenty of people have earned them. The basic problem here, IMHO, is that physicians
(and some segments of the public) somehow have decided that they own the title "Doctor," when it actually is appropriate (and legitimate -- no fraud, shame, or lack of credibility involved) for anyone with an earned doctorate. I completely agree that no one should be representing her/himself as a physician
if s/he is not educated and licensed as one, but I have no problem at all with people saying, "I'm Dr. Smith, your nurse practitioner," "I'm Dr. Jones, your cardiologist," etc. (Indeed, if physicians would just do this, the whole issue would just evaporate.)
BTW, I have worked in psych for nearly 30 years, and doctorally-prepared psychologists are routinely, universally referred to as "Dr. XYZ
" by everyone
, including psychiatrists, and clients don't seem to have any problem whatsoever distinguishing between Dr. A
, the psychiatrist, and Dr. B
, the psychologist, and what their roles and responsibilities are. This just isn't a big deal.
There are plenty of people on this board who have argued at various times, in the debate about NPs moving to doctoral preparation, that an NP with a DNP degree doesn't deserve the honorific, "Dr.," because a DNP "isn't a real doctorate." If you share that kind of thinking and that motivated your post, please keep in mind that that is purely your personal opinion
. The degrees are just as "real" and legitimate as any other doctoral degree awarded by a legitimate, accredited school.