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Thoughts on calling oneself a doctor after doing a PhD in comp sci? Saw it on LinkedIn and it seemed weird. Their name is "Dr. John Smith" and they refer to themselves as Dr. John in their bio.

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I think as many have stated, technically you can do it as you’ve earned your PhD. Whether that is a good idea depends on your specific environment and the effect your looking to achieve. In many European countries for example it is very normal to list the ‘Dr.’ - even on business cards or company IDs. In the US I have found that to be uncommon and the suffix PhD more common.

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I generally like it, though I’m less enthusiastic about less “rigorous” doctorates. A PhD in Economics from MIT or Chicago? By all means. A “doctor of management in leadership” from University of Phoenix? Seems a little silly to go by Dr. (Interestingly, it’s been my observation that around major universities [Cambridge, New Haven…] the desirable title is Professor. Doctors are a dime a dozen—but once you get a professorship, you’ve really made it.)

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Indeed Germany is like “Herr Professor Doctor” lol

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They did a doctorate, they are Doctors, they should be called Dr. Name. That is the correct title. The Medical doctor title came from wider academia not the other way. We should give reference to those who give up years to study, are recognised by publishing and adding to our collective knowledge. It is not the same a bsc/MA you put after your name.

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It depends

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Context matters - I see no issues with it in a professional setting - LinkedIn bio stating "Dr. John Smith is an expert on File Systems" is perfectly acceptable. Responding with "I am a doctor" on a flight when the streward announces, "Is there a doctor on board" is stupid

Is he a jazz super fan? I’d put Bob Boberson, PhD in my title and leave it at that.

What about people that have PHDs/DNPs in nursing ? What are they referred as ? Doctor’s ?

I’d prefer non-physician practitioners. Legally, they’re called “mid levels” which is ok, but they’d never call themselves that. Also, PAs just changed their names from physician assistants to physician associates (also super cringe).

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One of my time members is a PhD and I have never even thought about using Dr. When referring to them. I associate it with researchers and thought leaders. So onc see you get a conference or public appearance under your belt, it will be much easier to get the buy-in

My middle school principal had a PhD in education and insisted we all call him “Dr. [Last Name].” We all thought it was ludicrous and made fun of him for it.

To me it’s appropriate if a principal chooses to go by Dr. - especially if the doctorate is in education - because she/he is in an academic setting

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I knew an attorney once who (half-seriously) wanted to be called Doctor. It’s a Juris Doctor, after all.

Was talking about this in another thread. If they want to be called Dr whatever they should probably get a terminal degree such as the JSD.

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