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    Can a graduate with a basic dentistry/medical degree call himself 'Doctor'?

    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?

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    Re: Can a graduate with a basic dentistry/medical degree call himself 'Doctor'?

    There is no simple answer to this, and no universal agreement.

    Start by reading the Wikipedia article on the subject.

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    Re: Can a graduate with a basic dentistry/medical degree call himself 'Doctor'?

    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.

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