I wasn't sure which article this post was referring to, but really loved the "Ph.D. Syndrome" article.
Personally, I see this problem everyday in practice. As an intern, I am not a doctor yet, and am uncomfortable using such a title... and yet, find that if I present myself as a "doctoral candidate" or "completing my doctorate" - then I get much more respect (particularly from physicians).
I like that the article presents practical ways to become more proficient and confident in medical knowledge. It would be great to see more psychologists (especially in medical settings, but even in academia/training) use more advanced medical terminology and converse in their discussion of cases. Too often, I see supervisors and professors "dumbing down" their language with this material - we should really be setting a higher bar in academia for proficiency in medical science.
Yeah, I totally agree with the PhD syndrome. Most psychologists I know fail to take a solid stance on anything... I think it follows from the whole "fail to reject the null" type thinking. As a result, they tend to be wishy-washy and lack any kind of backbone. I wish PhD programs were more closely linked to medical training.
I have a buddy in 2nd year med school - our friends often mention how 'cool' it is that he's becoming a doctor, asking advice and really interested in the whole process. In comparision, it seems that people could care less that I'm earning my doctorate. In addition, whenever my proffs hear any groaning about the workload in our program, they often say "we'll at least your not in med school." Are they mental? My friend is by no means any smarter than myself, but always has time to go out on weekends and has time to do paid work during the summer (at least his first two years of med school). In comparison, I don't think I've had a full weekend off since I started this gig. With all the time I'm putting into this program, you can bet that I'll be demanding some respect when I get out.
LP.......it is like, 'oh psychology....I thought you meant a "real" doctor'. I look at it as neither better nor worse, just a different experience. Most of the general population does not really understand what clinicians do, and the training that is involved. It is a pretty misunderstood profession.
I've heard far too many people ask about what it takes to become 'an FBI Profiler'......you know, the people who track down murderers based on...i don't know, but they do it!