05-18-2003, 11:29 AM
Are pharmacists refered to as doctors if they have a pharm.D degree? For example if your were applying for something would you write Mr. or Dr.?
I know its not very important, but I was just curious.
Thanks for any response!:)
05-18-2003, 11:42 AM
Yes, a PharmD's title is "Dr." and you can choose to use it where appropriate. The PharmD's lab coats at one of our local hospitals simply say "Dr. Blah Blah" and you have to look at their ID badge to see what they are a doctor of. Also, many of the clinical professors at any given pharmacy school are PharmD (not PhD) and their title is "doctor". I like to think of that scene in "Spies like us" where they are impersonating doctors. They keep going around the room (to all the other doctors) "Doctor, Doctor, Doctor, Doctor, Doctor..."
05-18-2003, 12:29 PM
In an academic setting, I've always addressed a PharmD as "Doctor". This formality disappears in the workplace, however. At the hospital where I work as an intern pharmacist, everyone...technicians, interns, and other pharmacists are on a first name basis with each other. Maybe it's better for "esprit d'corp", or maybe it's because a lot of the pharmacists are still RPh/BSPharm and calling PharmD's "Doctor" could cause problems...I think it's the former, most likely. Same thing in retail, it's informal that way. But yes, I've seen "Dr." prefixed to names on lab coats, with "PharmD" as the suffix.
05-18-2003, 05:13 PM
Nobody at work calls me Dr.
Inside the pharmacy, it's because we all go by first names, and they only call me Dr. when they're trying to be funny. Outside the pharmacy, it's because not all the clinical pharmacists have PharmD's, including my colleague on the service. So I find it more politically correct not to emphasize the difference.