No, No I Will Not Call You Doctor: Medical vs. Doctorate Debate
June 16, 2014
I get it people are proud of their accomplishments and I don’t mean to diminish the amount of work it takes to get advanced degrees; but, it’s pompous, pretentious and when taken out of context confusing when people outside of the medical community, who have received a doctorate demand that people refer to them as “doctor,” everywhere. And if anyone knows about being pompous and pretentious-well I’m writing the book (quite literally-reformed-for the most part).
Academically yes, use the term; however, when a local meteorologist is telling the greater Phoenix area it’s going to be sunny and hot, (there’s a 90% chance of guessing the weather correctly) I wince every time I hear the anchors pitch to the meteorologist Dr. Matt Pace. Unless Dr. Pace can also hand suture my severed arm back on to my torso after I’m blown apart by a freak Arizona tornado, I’m not calling him doctor.
And the news station responsibly should also put the letters Ph.D in Meteorology after his name. Yes, it’s implied but I’ve had to explain to extrememly educated people (who shall remain nameless) that this guy has a Ph.D and not an actual medical doctor. (I know but they really are smart (and maybe a little drunk at the time) but it’s not such a stretch when you look at the Twitter handle @DrMatt12News-it’s pretentious when he discusses haboobs and doesn’t handle the boobs. What about something weather related to the Twitter handle? Like MonsoonMatt?
I remember having a conversation with a very pretentious Stanford grad who was droning on and on about my “State” school education vs. his “Stanford” education and for once I just let it go. Finally someone at the table said, “You do realize we all know you make about $60K as an engineer and she makes over $250K in sales?”
It’s really not about how much money you make or how educated you are, it’s about how much of an asshole you really want to be. I do believe that receiving your doctorate could be rewarded and used in contract negotiations if the person with an advanced degree can show practical application and real world experience to support the position. Just because someone has a doctorate or M.B.A doesn’t automatically in my mind equate with them with “expert.” I know many an “expert,” who just never wanted to get jobs and went to school forever. I’d hire someone with real world experience over a million advanced degrees without practical application in most circumstances.
Nurses also get doctorates and some (not all) demand to be referred to as Doctor Nurse? What the fuck? It’s like everyone gets a trophy: The Education Edition. Again my background is in medicine and in that world the term doctor means you can fix someone either with stiches or shots but not by telling people it’s sunny outside. I understand the schools are teaching students who likely overpaid for their education that they have a “right” to be called “doctor.”
Do the work, gain the experience and earn the respect. A title does not nor should it equate to automatic respect. Yes and honorary doctorates fall into this category too. That’s worse, the person didn’t even do the “work,” and because they made a good movie and want to transition to something serious (also see wears fake glasses)-they’ll toss around “Honorary Doctorate from…”
Kermit? Where are your glasses? Is his Twitter handle DrKermit? And some of you reading this may disagree and think I’m an asshole. That’s alright call me an asshole just never Dr. Asshole. Haters vs. Forced Accountability
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