Re: “AMA: ‘Doctor of nursing practice' title misleading,” ModernPhysician.com, Oct. 14: The “controversy” over doctor of nursing practice should be no controversy at all. The title doctor is a generic title based on levels of education.
I hold a Ph.D., which to the true meaning of the word is the highest research doctorate. My family has one medical doctor, two doctors of dentistry, one doctor of pharmaceutical and one doctor of physical therapy. A dear friend has a psychologists' practice doctorate and a Ph.D. in psychology. Because of the explosion of knowledge, research and evidence-based practice, it is impossible to grasp content at a top level without this added academic preparation.
All of the above people tell others they are a pharmacist, physical therapist, dentist, nurse or psychologist. To me, the problem is that M.D.s do not distinguish themselves with the title that is theirs alone—physician. If people other than M.D. were to use that title, that would be a problem and not the generic doctor title.
As an aside, I have seen no articles asking psychologists, dentists, podiatrists and others not to use the title. We all are entitled to use the title we earned.
Linda L. GehringTake Care HealthMilwaukee