Student or Learner
When I did the English test 'Jobs and Professions', the first two questions are:
Question #: 1: A surgeon is called 'Doctor'.
Correct answer: False
Question #: 2: A surgeon is called 'Mr', 'Mrs', 'Miss' or 'Ms'.
Correct answer: True
I'm wondering that is this a common rule both in UK and USA, or just in UK?
Someone is giving you misinformation! In the US a surgeon is regarded as a physician and is therefore called 'Doctor'. I would strongly believe that the same title would be observed in the UK but I'll let a native Briton speak to that point.
I hope you did not receive a lower score because of your answers to questions 1 and 2! A surgeon is definitely addressed as 'Doctor' and not 'Mr', 'Mrs', 'Miss' or 'Ms'.
What is the background of the test? Who authored the questions?
"A surgeon is called 'Mr', 'Mrs', 'Miss' or 'Ms'"
In my opinion, this is meant to express that being a surgeon is not a matter of sex and marital status.
How do you address a surgeon in a post office without knowing what (s)he is by profession?
And Amigo, thanks for your warm welcome and detailed answer!
I made wrong answers to those two questions and so I didn't get a 100% score
Here is the link to that test which is provided internally in this usingenglish.com: Log In - UsingEnglish.com
You make answers, submit, then you'll get a result page on which you can check the right answers.
Besides, I also checked the explanation of 'Doctor' from Wiki and found a paragraph related to my question, that's why I have to ask if this is a different way to title a surgeon in UK and USA:
"In the United Kingdom the status and rank of consultant surgeons with the MRCS, titled "mister", and consultant physicians with the MRCP, titled "doctor", is identical. Surgeons in the USA and elsewhere may have the title "doctor"."
We would not call someone 'Mr.', 'Mrs.', or 'Ms.' if we did not know their last name, would we? As a general form of social recognition, in casual encounters we might call a woman 'Miss' or say 'Sir' to a man. But we would almost never go to a surgeon's office and adress the physician as 'Mr.', 'Mrs.', 'Miss' or 'Ms.' We would always say 'Doctor'.
The exam answers are incorrect and PennyJ should press the instructor for an explanation.
In the UK consultant surgeons are called Mr., Mrs., Miss, depending on sex and marital status.
But what are 'consultant surgeons'? Do they do operations or are they just like medical doctors who do not do surgery?
A consultant surgeon is someone who is head of surgery in a particular discipline, for example, cardio-vascular, as opposed to a junior surgeon, who would be one of the team of surgeons under a consultant. Yes they do perform operations. (at least in the UK and Ireland, I can't talk about anywhere else.
Last edited by bhaisahab; 07-Jan-2009 at 07:44. Reason: Afterthought