Pharmacist's Title?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by BacardiGirl, Jan 14, 2008.

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  1. BacardiGirl

    BacardiGirl Go Gophers! 2+ Year Member

    Dec 26, 2007
    Pardon the Newbishness, but what title does a Pharmacist hold? Someone asked me if they are called 'Dr.' and I couldn't answer yay or nay. :p
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  3. UncertainRx

    UncertainRx 2+ Year Member

    Jan 14, 2008
    Well technically they ARE doctors if they have a PharmD degree. Its just that calling someone "doctor" implies MD (to me anyway). I suppose a PharmD COULD insist they be called doctor if they really wanted.
  4. Knickerbocker

    Knickerbocker 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    When most Americans don't think that a PhD is a "real doctor," they certainly won't accept the title for Pharmacists.
  5. PharmDtoB

    PharmDtoB Accepted!!!! 2+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2008
    Memphis, Tn
    Lol, I think this is a funny question, but its true most people associate the Title of Doctor with only those that have a M.D. However, Pharmacists carry that title also.

    This is from wikipedia

    In the United States, the PharmD. (Doctor of Pharmacy) degree is a professional degree that prepares the graduate for pharmacy practice.

    Traditionally in the United States, the bachelor's degree in pharmacy was the first-professional degree for pharmacy practice. However, in 1990, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) mandated that a doctorate in pharmacy would be the new first-professional degree. As of the year 2000, all pharmacy schools in the U.S. have discontinued the B.S.Pharm. (Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy) degree program
  6. BacardiGirl

    BacardiGirl Go Gophers! 2+ Year Member

    Dec 26, 2007
    Interesting Tidbit!
  7. BlueHens66

    BlueHens66 Class of 2012 7+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2007
    IMO, with the ever expanding role of a pharmacist (as the population ages) you will see more and more pharmacists being called 'Doctor'. Keep in mind that the new pharmD. degree is VERY new. In 30 years, almost 100% of pharmacists will have a pharmD degree.
  8. jonnyboi303

    jonnyboi303 5+ Year Member

    Oct 1, 2007
    If they called pharmacists doctors they wouldn't be incorrect, if the pharmacist had a PharmD. It just depends one what kind of doctor they mean, that is, doctor of what. MD PharmD DDS PhD, there's a lot of doctors, they're just not all doctors of medicine.
  9. labrat024

    labrat024 Accepted Pharmacy Student 2+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    I know pharmacists are pretty high up on the respect food chain, but the word pharmacist doesn't get capitalized. It's like doctor and is only capitalized when you say Doctor Williams, for example. Also, I don't think people would call a pharmacist Pharmacist Williams. So you'll probably only find pharmacist capitalized at the beginning of a sentence. Might be helpful for those still writing their personal statements and what not.
  10. doctorpharm2010

    doctorpharm2010 2+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    This is only my own opinion but realizing that many of layman terms are not entirely correct in all cases, we as professionals need to watch what we say also. Unless I'm talking to a patient with limited English, I never use the word "doctor" but "physician" instead (What has the physician told you about your condition, for example). Similarly, I try not to use the word "pill" but instead "capsule" or "tablet" depending on the situation. Walgreen's is not a "drug store" but a "pharmacy". We cannot expect the public to realize the different roles of health care professionals if we as health care professionals continue using out-dated language.
  11. confettiflyer

    confettiflyer Did you just say something? 10+ Year Member

    i buck the trend, i call my pharmacist the druggist, as in....Druggist John.

    That sounds so badass.
  12. Twins fan

    Twins fan Aspiring Rock Star 2+ Year Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    Damn straight! I never really use it myself (I think I might now...), but I also find the term druggist to be "badass". I always snicker when older folks come to the pharmacy and ask to speak to the druggist. It just sounds awesome!
  13. omnione

    omnione SDN Pharmoderator Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    Given that most elementary schools teach kiddies that doctors = physicians and no one else, there will always be a slight inconsistency about the terminology when working in a pharmacy.

    BTW, if someone pisses you off by saying something like "you're not a real doctor", just show them your paycheck and say "money" (of course, only if you know the person is poorer while being noobish.
  14. Knickerbocker

    Knickerbocker 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I've always liked "Apothecary."
  15. confettiflyer

    confettiflyer Did you just say something? 10+ Year Member

    I'm going to start a poll, haha...
  16. bwsalvas

    bwsalvas Pharmacy Management Specialist 5+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2007
    Nueva York
    I want to be called Doctor. Its a doctorate degree that newly licensed pharmacists hold. Its nothing short of any other doctorate on any other subject. If you're in pharm school you know what I'm talking about.

    The title "doctor" is one of respect. It comes from Old French and is the agent form of the Latin verb docere, "to teach".
  17. landakerjenna

    landakerjenna 2+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    Obvioulsy I would want to be called Doctor afterall what we go throught right from applying to Pharmacy Colleges uptill holding the title
  18. pyro3rsx

    pyro3rsx 2+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    Athens, GA
    doctor = teacher

    but in today's society as long as you have some doctoral degree you are a doctor. so anyone can be a "doctor". hence most/all college professors are doctors since they have Ph. D's.
  19. Scrubs Fan

    Scrubs Fan Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 30, 2006
    Chino Hills, CA
    If they've earned a Pharm D then they can be called Doctor. However, there is a title, R. Ph, where they are pharmacists but not doctors, perhaps b/c they were trained in another country but took the tests to be board certified here in the US.
    There used to be a bachelors in pharmacy but that's being phased out, but basically
    PharmD = doctor
    R.Ph= not doctor (i think it stands for Registered Pharmacist)
  20. trinnieoh

    trinnieoh 5+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2005
    I'm think any board certified, licensed pharmacist, whether they've earned a PharmD or BS, have the title pharmacist. (If they want to be referred to as doctor, that is their preference)

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