Why does Oxbridge require it's graduates to be of much more senior standing --10-12yrs-- than most other UK universities --2-4yrs-- before allowing supplication for the degrees of Doctor of Medicine/Master of Surgery? Is it b/c earning those degrees require a *much* higher standard of research than a PhD/DPhil, or another university's Doctor of Medicine/Master of Surgery, or is it because of tradition, or are they just trying to make things harder? Would you consider an Oxbridge DM/MD/MCh/MChir holder to be more research qualified then a PhD, since the above require unsupervised research, and the PhD doesn't? Would you compare the British qualifications of "DM, FRCP"/"MCh, FRCS" to the American qualifications of "MD, PhD, FACP"/"MD, PhD, FACP"? Would you compare MRCP/MRCS to FACP/FACS, and FRCP/FRCS to MACP/Diplomate of American Board of Surgery? I'd love to see you guys' comparison of American and British higher medical qualifications. And, btw, if you hold both MRCP *and* MRCS, or both FRCP *and* FRCS, do you still stay "Dr"? Would "John Smith, DM, MCh, FRCP, FRCSEd(Ophth), FRCOphth" be "Mr Smith", or "Dr Smith"? Thanks!