They earned that ti­tle

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Re: “AMA: ‘Doc­tor of nurs­ing prac­tice’ ti­tle mis­lead­ing,” ModernPhysi­cian.com, Oct. 14: The “con­tro­versy” over doc­tor of nurs­ing prac­tice should be no con­tro­versy at all. The ti­tle doc­tor is a generic ti­tle based on lev­els of ed­u­ca­tion.

I hold a Ph.D., which to the true mean­ing of the word is the high­est re­search doc­tor­ate. My fam­ily has one med­i­cal doc­tor, two doc­tors of den­tistry, one doc­tor of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and one doc­tor of phys­i­cal ther­apy. A dear friend has a psy­chol­o­gists’ prac­tice doc­tor­ate and a Ph.D. in psy­chol­ogy. Be­cause of the ex­plo­sion of knowl­edge, re­search and ev­i­dence-based prac­tice, it is im­pos­si­ble to grasp con­tent at a top level with­out this added aca­demic prepa­ra­tion.

All of the above peo­ple tell oth­ers they are a phar­ma­cist, phys­i­cal ther­a­pist, den­tist, nurse or psy­chol­o­gist. To me, the prob­lem is that M.D.s do not dis­tin­guish them­selves with the ti­tle that is theirs alone—physi­cian. If peo­ple other than M.D. were to use that ti­tle, that would be a prob­lem and not the generic doc­tor ti­tle.

As an aside, I have seen no ar­ti­cles ask­ing psy­chol­o­gists, den­tists, po­di­a­trists and oth­ers not to use the ti­tle. We all are en­ti­tled to use the ti­tle we earned. Linda L. Gehring Take Care Health

Mil­wau­kee to name a few. All doc­tor­ally pre­pared per­sons should in­tro­duce them­selves as to their role, not their de­gree. Doc­tors are not the exclusive own­ers of the ti­tle “doc­tor.” JoAnn Franklin Lester­ville, Mo.

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