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Doctor Title[edit]

May the holder of a PharmD use the title of "Doctor" or "Dr." in the U.S.A. (where I am) or is this reserved for physicians only? As I understand, in the U.S.A. the title "Doctor" or the use of "Dr." before one's name may be used by any holder of any doctorate degree as long as it is not done is such a way as to imply that the person has creditentials which he or she does not possess (for example, a JD Lawyer presenting oneself as "Dr. Soandso" in the credits of a medical research study so as to be ambiguous and allow the reader to assume the the "Dr." is representative of an MD degree- just an example). Would other Pharmacists think that I am a presumptious dork if I use the "Dr." title (assuming that I ever graduate as I am planning to begin the PharmD this Fall)? I just always thought that it would be pretty cool to be called "Doctor". Thanks.

To answer my own question above, apparently it is appropriate to refer to a person with a PharmD as "Doctor" and use the prefix "Dr." before the name; the website for the program that I will be going into refers to the faculty with PharmD's as "Dr." Soandso, etc. I'm not sure how appropriate it would be to use it outside of the professional environment though (example, social event: name on guestcard at a banquet would certainly read "Dr. Soandso" for an MD or PhD, would the same be appropriate for a PharmD?). I'm not really as hung-up on this as it would appear, it is just a novelty for me as I would be the first "Doctor" in the family. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:54, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

I am a PharmD and generally am only called "doctor" in academic settings. When patients refer to me as doctor I tell them that that can call me John and always make sure that they realize that I am a doctor of pharmacy and not a medical doctor. (talk) 00:06, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

i am student of pharmD in pakistan.i will proud to call my self as Doctor.Can some one tell me that whither i would be able to get addmission in MD after completing the pharmD program ? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:01, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

New Professional Degrees have come up, eg Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy, etc. and they are also called as Doctors, if they choose so, and you do not need a law for that.

If your degree has Doctor with it, you can write Doctor with your name, unless there is a law which says you can not use doctor with your name.

If your degree does not have Doctor with it, you need a law that has to allows you to use Doctor with your name eg Bachelor Physician / Surgeon degrees like MBChB, MBBS, Bachelor Dentist degrees like BDS, Bachelor Vetenarian degrees like BSc(Animal Husbandry) etc. And there is a law in Pakistan which allows these Bachelor degree holders to use Doctor with their name.

Then there is a norm in the society that usually at a Medical University, Doctor would usually mean a PhD or MBBS, or MD, while in a non-nmedical University Doctor would usually mean any Professional who exelled in any subject. Similarly at a Hospital Doctor would usually mean a Physician or Surgeon or a Pharmacist.

In a High Court a Doctor would usually mean any Professional who exelled in any subject, even though there may be hundreds of lawers sitting there with a JD (Doctor of Jurispudence), but since the lawyers chose to be suffixed as Esq. title Doctor would never mean a lawyer in a High Court or any higher or lower courts. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mkyousuf (talkcontribs) 07:23, 9 June 2011 (UTC)


Yes OF course a Pharm-D is a Doctor,like other degrees,Like,Rph) The article says that PharmD is a first pro degree. The footer says its a doctoral. Which is it?

  • It is both. It is a first professional doctorate.


I made this for any user who would like to display it on their User page. Creamypeanutbutter 09:37, 14 August 2007 (UTC)

PharmacistsMortar.svg This user is studying to be a pharmacist.

Jamaica's location[edit]

Forgive me if I'm mistaken here, but shouldn't Jamaica be listed under the North America or perhaps under a new Carribean section? It's quite a stretch to say they are a part of Europe. (talk) 15:38, 2 March 2011 (UTC) Jay

No Australia or New Zealand?[edit]

Australia and New Zealand aren't mentioned at all on this page, even if the pharmd can't be studied there, the reasons for which and the equivalent qualifications should be discussed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:08, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

The Problem with the Pharm.D.[edit]

In the USA, starting in 1960, the 5 year B.Sc. degree was standard, they had talked then of calling it something else, like a M.Sc. but M.Sc has a stronger focus in emperical sciences. Then in the late 1990's the Pharm.D. became standard. Academic time was moderately increased through the addition of courses such as evidence based medicine statistical study with focusing on medical literature evaluation. It also refocused the cirriculum to a more clinical approach to the practice of pharmacy and added additional semester hours via clinical rotations. Those with the 5 year degree had to take 2 years of extra study to get the Pharm.D.. Now that more than a decade of Pharm.D being the standard entry degree, the pharmacy schools have come up with optional 1 - 2 year residencies after the Pharm.D degree. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:46, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

Pharm.D., not PharmD[edit]

According to the AACP the designation should be Pharm.D., not PharmD as it is commonly abbreviated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:20, 7 May 2013 (UTC)


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