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What is a doctor?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by osubum, May 4, 2007.

  1. osubum

    osubum 2+ Year Member

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    I am having a hard time getting an answer in a different thread, PennPB wrote "Also, I prefer the British system of using the term "doctor." Makes far more sense than how it's tossed about in the US."

    In the US doctors are defined by people who have a doctorate, the highest degree. Some of these degrees are PharmD, DDS, DMD, MD, DO, etc.

    What do the British define a doctor as? How is different from ours?

    Sorry about the waste of space. It sounds like a simple Q, but I cant find the A anywhere. Thanks for your help.
     
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  3. osubum

    osubum 2+ Year Member

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    Are there any British people out there that could field this one?
     
  4. apaul

    apaul Some Dude 7+ Year Member

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    you waited 20 minutes..... give it some time
     
  5. OceanBlue

    OceanBlue HA! I knew it. 2+ Year Member

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    hey apaul...did you interview at Case? around August?
     
  6. medicalmarvel

    medicalmarvel 2+ Year Member

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    well, it seems like evrybody is at his back and call in this regard :)
     
  7. PChemGrad

    PChemGrad I am a banana. 10+ Year Member

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    Ph.D.'s are true doctors. they have earned the highest degree possible in a field.
    But who cares. Do it because you like it not because you will become a doctor.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctorate
     
  8. osubum

    osubum 2+ Year Member

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    I agree with that! PhDs are amazing! My inquiry has nothing to do with my decision to be a dentist. I am interested because someone indicated that the term doctor means something different in England. What is it, though? It is really nagging at me.
     
  9. makushin

    makushin Member 10+ Year Member

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    It's just somebody with a 'doctorate' degree. Lawyers and MBAs not included, haha.
     
  10. Meatwad

    Meatwad Reformed 7+ Year Member

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    Well obviously not MBAs, who would argue with that? It stands for Master's of Business Administration.

    Lawyers can be doctor's if they hold an LLD, which is a Doctorate of Laws I believe.
     
  11. wizziefiend

    wizziefiend Guest

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    I think PhDs should get their own title...the research done and guided by their crazy brains makes the world go round!!

    They should get their own salutation or whatever it's called...
     
  12. jeninny44

    jeninny44 2+ Year Member

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    To throw some more confusion into the mix, did you know that surgeons in the UK are referred to as "Mister" and not "Doctor" ?
     
  13. PFM

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    the definition of the old word origin for "doctor" is teacher...maybe thats why you pretty much need a PhD to teach at a university
     
  14. PChemGrad

    PChemGrad I am a banana. 10+ Year Member

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    Lawyers are doctors once they graduate from law school. The degree they earn is a J.D.
    J.D. = Doctor of Jurisprudence.
     
  15. makushin

    makushin Member 10+ Year Member

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    I don't consider law doctorate level. They take anybody with a pulse and some sort of undergrad degree. The phrase is really only appropriate for the medical professions and phds.
     
  16. 1992Corolla

    1992Corolla CheerioKing 7+ Year Member

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    you'll find a lot of PhD programs that do the same. Masters degree are also similar.

    When will the blanket statements stop?
     
  17. lemoncurry

    lemoncurry tequila mockingbird Administrator Dentist 10+ Year Member

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    Doctor: Next please. Name?
    Man: Er, Watson.
    Doctor: (writing it down) Mr. Watson.
    Man: Ah, no, Doctor.
    Doctor: Ah, Mr. Doctor.
    Man: No, not Mr., Doctor.
    Doctor: Oh, Doctor Doctor.
    Man: No, Doctor Watson.
    Doctor: Oh, Doctor Watson Doctor.
    Man: Oh, just call me darling.
    Doctor: Hello, Mr. Darling.
    Man: No, Doctor.
    Doctor: Hello Doctor Darling.


    A shiny nickel to whomever knows what that is from.
     
  18. Chrono1984

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  19. ItsGavinC

    ItsGavinC Dentist Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Flying Circus.
     
  20. lemoncurry

    lemoncurry tequila mockingbird Administrator Dentist 10+ Year Member

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