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M.D. vs Dr. Nurse

October 29, 2008



I have never heard about the medical position/profession Dr. Nurse. Obviously there is such a beast, and AAFP tries to explain and clarify the differences between M.D. and Dr. Nurse. Not that there is something wrong, it just sounds very funny…something like Queen President or Engineer Construction worker. How about the proffesion Nurse PSW (personal support worker). Anyways, good luck to all new candidates for the title Dr. Nurse.

via AAFP Prevails in Efforts to Clarify Difference Between Physicians and ‘Dr. Nurse’ — AAFP News Now — American Academy of Family Physicians

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2008 8:04 am

    What is the thin line that sets: physician, Dr. nurse, Dr. pharmacist, and physician assistant apart?

  2. October 30, 2008 8:25 am

    Honestly, I don’t know. For me there is only one title for Doctor and the title is Doctor/Physician.

  3. October 31, 2008 12:03 pm


    Sure, nothing can substitute 6 years of medical school, one year of internship, then 3 more years of residency!

  4. October 31, 2008 12:38 pm

    Don’t forget that some of the residencies are 5 years+few years of fellowships after. All together around 15 years of hard work.

  5. Susan P. Suntay,M.D. permalink
    March 12, 2009 10:27 am

    Our Alumni Association are made up of graduate physicians from the Philippines. Our alumni association is a duly registered IRS 501 (c)(3)organization in the USA. All our alumni have been conferred with an M.D. degree after 4-5 years of undergrad BA or BS degree, 4 years in Med school and 1 year of internship. Our school is an accredited institution recognized by ECFMG/USMLE.

    As an alumni association, we are trying to check into the United States legal use of “M.D.” after our names or “Dr.” before our names in our letterheads, letters or publications. Or,when at our convention or reunion being addressed as “Doctors” by each other.

    We are aware of the prohibitions of some states for the use of the title “MD” or “Dr.” which are mostly related to the “fraudulent” use or misrepresentation of individuals in regards to the practice of medicine. Lawyers we consulted agree with this and stated that there is always room for the interpretation of the law in case of legal challenge or questions.They further stated that for the purpose of our convention, alumni reunions and communications, there should not be any problem with that.The laws are designed to protect the patients,
    as long as it is not related to patient care then it is okay. Hence,the law does not pertain to your alumni reunion’s visiting physicians, retired physicians, and non-practicing physicians.
    In Boston,MA their law states that the “M.D.” becomes part of their names.

    Our Dean of the College of Medicine stated that “our graduates have all been officially conferred a “Doctor of Medicine” or “M.D.” degree
    and it is for life, no one or nothing can take that away from them”.

    Your legal and/or medical opinion as medical alumni association members
    will be greatly appreciated. Thanks – AlumniDocs

    • srb permalink
      June 30, 2009 6:07 pm

      Do you have a license to practice medicine in America, Dr. Suntay?
      If no, did you go through the process of trying to apply for one?
      Or do we have to take your post as biased, and with a grain of salt?

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