"......... and yes, I will be proud to call myself Dr." Interesting ........ Question: Should or do "Doctors," necessarily or needlessly, call themselves "Doctor," as in "My name is Dr. So-and-so?" IIRC, there is an internationally-recognized law against doing that sort of thing. (HOFLMBO!) Why not let others, not you, do you the honors? Somebody or, more precisley, someone's esteem, needs this "Doctor" thingy really badly! I am just saying ..... Someone please pull my chain if I am way out on a limb on this one. But, hey, that's just me.