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1. Is a dentist who holds a basic degree in dentistry called 'Doctor'? I believe only a graduate who has attained the highest dentistry degree can call himself 'Doctor'. Am I correct?
Eg, Can Smith, who has a basic degree in dentistry, call himself Dr Smith?
2. Is a medical graduate who holds a basic degree in medicine called 'Doctor'? I think,technically, he cannot call himself 'Doctor, because he has not attained the highest medical degree, which would qualify himself to be called 'Doctor'. In my opinion, a graduate with a basic medical degree is called, eg, Dr James, because he is in fact a doctor who treats illness. It has nothing to do with his basic medical degree. Am I right?
Last edited by Tan Elaine; 30-May-2013 at 07:52.
People who want to become dentists or doctors take "pre-med" or "pre-dental" in college for their undergraduate courses. I wouldn't call anyone who has only this degree a "doctor." A doctorate is an advanced degree.