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Yes, the PhD is a doctorate (doctor of philosophy), however it is a research degree intended to prepare those who pursue it for a life of research and/or teaching. Those who hold the PhD are not, however, physicians or healthcare providers per se with one exception (clinical psychologist). To treat patients or to oversee patient care, one needs a clinical degree or certification (such as an MD/DO - physician, DMD/DDS - dentist, DPT - physical therapist, PharmD - pharmacist, ARNP - nurse practitioner, etc).

All degrees mentioned above (with the exception of ARNP) are doctoral degrees and, as such, entitle those bearing them to be addressed as "Doctor ______". However, in the strictest sense, referring to someone or one's self as "A Doctor" should be reserved for those who hold either an MD (doctor of allopathic medicine) or DO (doctor of osteopathic medicine) and who are also licensed to practice medicine by a particular authority (state, department of veterans affairs).

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Some people with a PhD degree prefer to be called Dr. So-and-so. Others don't care one way or the other. I would suggest if you are addressing such a person in an academic, clinical, or other professional setting that you use this title unless they ask you to do otherwise. In a personal setting, such a formality is probably not necessary.

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It depends on whether it is a formal or casual relationship or setting. I have a family doctor I have known for years, and I call him Mark. However, if I were to introduce him in a formal way to someone or a group, I would introduce him a doctor. When I was in college, I always addressed my professors as doctor out of respect. Still, it depends on the circumstances and the person.

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You would have to contact the Office of the Registrar at the institution the individual said he/she graduated from. The office will be able to verify the individuals enrolled and graduation.

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No. The title of Dr. applies to those who have earned a research or professional doctorate.

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No! you are considered to have a graduate degree. Only people who posses a Doctorates, or a PhD will posses the right to be labeled as Dr.

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yes, even though may not be a medical doctor. They may get their doctorate in music, science, classics, english, etc.

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