Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by RAM PhD, Sep 13, 2012.
You should consider honoring that person's request.
Well, to clarify, it was more like they were saying, “You can call me Dr. Smith, or you can call me Bob, or you can call me Dr. B or whatever...”
You can call me Ray....
Strictly speaking, it's socially inappropriate to take any title to oneself except in circumstances where professional confusion might other wise reign. "Paging Dr. John...". By any title, according to Miss Manners, I mean ANY title including Mister, Missus, Ms or Miss. (Miss Manners herself points out that "Miss" is her given name and not a title.) Physicians, in my unfortunately altogether too extensive recent experience, are among the least likely to call themselves "Doctor" even in a clinical setting. Educators seem to be one group more likely to call themselves "Doctor" at every opportunity. Well, Chiropractors, too. Lawyers, I'm relieved to report, generally understand that the J.D. is not a doctorate and therefore almost never claim the title for themselves. The exceeding few who try it rapidly abandon the practice. It's just too silly.
I think it's important to remember that, to a large extent, this subject originated on this board because there was discussion of people buying "Honorary Doctorates" from degree mills and then using the title for all sorts of purposes. I don't think we've ever had even one member who has actually been granted an honorary doctoral degree from a legitimate school. This topic originated from a context of the fraudulent use of the title.
There are more
The current Jerry Falwell has a J.D. but I don't think he's admitted to the Bar anywhere. Does he call himself "Doctor"?
So, two things...
He doesn't appear to be admitted anymore but he was previously admitted in Virginia per his Liberty bio...
He is referred to as either "Jerry" or "Falwell" without a style throughout.
But bar admission, like a license for a psychologist, has nothing to do with the title of "doctor" except, I suppose, in the case of Naprapaths (and in some states, acupuncturists) as their license actually bears the title of "Doctor" even though, in one case the qualifying degree is unaccredited and in the other the qualifying degree is almost always a Masters degree.
I knew the New Mexico license was issued by the New Mexico Medical Board but did not know the title (Doctor) was actually included in the license. That and being issued by the Medical Board is a plus. So, far there only two states (NM & Illinois) that do license them. They have a long way to catch up to Chiropractic.
Back to the original topic (for a moment, perhaps), I want to emphasize that there is no difference between a degree awarded for cause and one awarded honorarily when it comes to the use of the title "doctor." The reason for the award can make a difference in some situations, but the title of "doctor" isn't one of them.
Separate names with a comma.