The pharmacists who refer to themselves as “doctors” are the same ones who think that provider status will save the day, expanding roles of pharmacists into primary care/MTMs will create more jobs and that pharmacist jobs are not makework. These are the folks who have “paid their dues” by doing their PGY-3 residencies and think it’s only fair that they be esteemed as an act of validation and self-preservation. The folks who vehemently scream that they are “medication experts” and should be treated as such, while they spend 95% of their time in the pharmacy on the phone doing customer service or counting by fives. The folks who know no better because they always called their pharmacy school professors “doctors.” The folks whose lifelong dream was to “help people” and made personal sacrifices to the tune of 4 years and $200k+ in student loans and have come too far to not be called “doctor.” I get it. It’s mental compensation.