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Letters: Real Doctors

June 04, 2012

On reading Dr. Michelle Dziurgot’s comments in "My View," April 23 ADA News, about her experience with medical students’ ideas of who are and who are not "real" doctors, it brought to mind an incident from years back.

When I was teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, I would at times have lunch at the Rush-Presbyterian Hospital cafeteria down the block. Once sitting next to a group of Rush medical students I heard one ask rhetorically what was the difference between a Ph.D. and an M.D. The answer: "one letter and $100,000 a year." After a bit of amused affirmation by the others, I excused my butting in, but I had heard another difference: "the Ph.D. dislikes being called ‘doctor’ whereas the M.D. hates anyone else being called ‘doctor’."

Remember, colleagues, we are restoring organs; yes, of the human body, to full function. How many other "doctors" can do that as well?

Jack Lieberman, D.D.S. (Retired)
Morton Grove, Ill.