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    Why MBBS degree holders are called doctors?


    Do you want to know why an M.B.B.S degree holder is called a doctor though it is actually a bachelor's degree? Get the expert answers here.

    MBBS is a bachelors degree only. In all other subjects only a Ph.D. holder (educated up to doctorate level) is called a doctor. Then why an MBBS degree holder which a bachelors degree only, is called a doctor?. Even M.D or M.S is a master's degree only.
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  • This is one of the most confusing question for many people. Let me try to solve your confusion. Both the MBBS and ph.D degree holders are addressed as doctor. So lets firstly solve the mystery of ph.D- A person with the degree of Doctor in philosophy has researched so much in a particular field and have stutied that material with such a depth level which was never revealed by anyone brfore. Due to his so much efforts that he put in and gained the vast and full knowledge about thqt subject he is addressed as the doctor of subject. Originally the word Doctor is derived from a latin word docere which means to teach, and if some one wants to be a teacher he needs to be much qualified so he would be able to solve all questions.
    Now lets understand the same topic in very easy way. A doctor is one who knows everything about all the disease, human body, symptoms , cause and the treatment. For learning all these he had to study alot and learn so many thing. He is an expert of disease and Medicines. This same criteria fits perfectly to a person with ph.D because he has researched and learnt about his topic. When a person completes his ph.D he is addressed as doctor because he had studied in so depth same as a medical doctor does. He can operate the subject and know all even minute and major things of subject.
    It is the level and field of expertise that make both the MBBS and ph.D to be called as doctor.
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  • Though efforts have been put to answer the query but the query is not yet answered fully. I request other learned forum members to offer their point of view on the subject matter.

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  • In India a person who has completed the doctoral level academic research requirements is awarded a doctorate degree (most common Ph.D.) by an university recognized by UGC and become entitled by right to be addressed as 'Doctor' and prefix Dr. to his name.
    However general practitioners in the field of medicine even though holding a bachelors degree (like MBBS) are called doctors as courtesy to noble profession. Here the word 'doctor' is used as a noun to refer generically to any practitioner of medicine instead of as an adjective to indicate the level of degree obtained by individual practitioner.
    Even the practitioners of AYUSH system of medicine (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy ) are called doctors instead of Vaid, Yogi, Hakim, Siddhar or Homeopath respectively.
    MBBS is a professional degree (distinguished from a purely academic degree). A professional degree prepares a student for a particular profession by emphasizing skills and practical analysis over theory and research. Most of the professional degrees are awarded in the field of professions that require licensing or accreditation for practice as a professional in the field e.g. MBBS degree holders require registration with Medical Council of India.
    MBBS is a graduate level degree. Postgraduate level education in the stream leads to postgraduate degrees like MD/MS etc.
    After post graduate degree in the medical field one can go for doctorate level education in medical field leading to doctorate degree e.g. DM (Doctor of Medicine).
    After Ph.D. in academic field one can go for higher doctorate level study leading to higher degrees like D.Sc. (Doctor of Science), D.Litt. (Doctor of Letters), LL.D. (Doctor of Laws) etc.

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  • Both Phd holders and MBBS degree holders are called doctors.Let me explain you with a simple logic why even a Phd holder is also called a doctor.

    An MBBS doctor is the one who has vast knowledge of various diseases and their treatment.Similarly a Phd degree holder is the one who has vast knowledge of a particular subject.Also both degree take same time complete.

    It is a special prefix that is added before their names so as to pay respect to their profession and the hardwork they had put to achieve that degee.
    Just like we add the prefix Mister before the name of a businessman or a hero, similarly we add the prefix doctor before the name of an MBBS holder or a Phd holder.

    Further explanation to this can only complicate your question.

  • When I see the question and answers above, I would like to mention that there is a difference in two terms in the language Tamil and also the prefix is acronym for both that is doctorate and doctor and so both are not called as same.Only the acronym is same. The two acronyms in Tamil are called as Munaivar(Ph.D) for doctorate and Maruthuvar for doctor(MBBS)

    Nice to be in ISC and feel the difference.


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