(Closed) PhD social titles – Dr or not?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

As a person with a Ph.D., definitely write “Doctor.”

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think if they professionally go by the title Doctor, it’s fine to address them with that title on the envelope!  After all that work, they deserve to be called whatever they like! 🙂

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

If you’re following etiquette, you would only use the Dr. title with MDs.  If you’re in academia, you should use whatever feels most right to you.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it’s “Doctor” for MDs and “Dr.” for PhDs.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d use Dr. or Professor.  I know that etiquette says that “doctor” is a social title only for MDs, not for PhDs, but I’ve never understand the logic behind the distinction.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

That link is really helpful! I would have just put “Dr.” for both otherwise.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

DEFINITELY “Dr.” Whoever made up that distinction between MD and Ph.D has another think coming. If the goal of etiquette is to make folks comfortable, I guarantee that your Ph.D guests will appreciate being formally addressed as “Dr.” 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It’s definitley “Dr. so and so.”

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

As a newly minted PhD, I say definitely use Dr. All PhDs I know get called Dr on formal correspondance. Even if it isn’t “Emily Post correct,” you run the risk of offending otherwise. Nobody with a PhD would be bothered by being addressed as Dr. If we worked together and you addressed it to Mrs. _____, I’d be wondering if you somehow forgot I had a PhD.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I used “Dr.” for all Ph.D’s.

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