ugg classic mini black The Meaning of PhD And MD And What the Abbreviations Stand For
What PhD and MD Stand For
PhD stands for Doctor of Philosophy whereas MD stands for Doctor of Medicine. Alright, now let’s get into what the difference really is between them. But before that let us take a look at why people may get confused and what are the similarities between them that cause the confusion.
People who have completed PhD or MD are both (both hold the title ‘Doctor’) called doctor followed by their name, or sometimes just doctor. Generally, in hospitals, the physicians are referred to as doctors. A person might get confused when he sees some person calling another person doctor and the person who he referred to as doctor is not really a physician or related to medical field at all. Doesn’t make any sense, does it?
So What’s the Difference? The Difference Between PhD and MD:
An MD is awarded to people who have graduated from a medical school or any stream of medicine. A PhD is awarded to people who have completed the most advanced level of education after their master’s degree. The master’s degree can be in any field. Thus they both hold the title of “Doctor” in front of their name but the title has its meaning changed as per the context.
What is MD and to whom is it awarded?
Doctor of Medicine (MD) is awarded to a person who has graduated from a medical school. It takes four years to graduate from a medical school. Medical schools are often expensive but when the student graduates, his salary will be so high that he can easily pay off his debts. Surgery, psychology, physiology, etc are the various fields under which doctorate is awarded in the field of medicine. Thus once they are awarded the title after graduating, they are called doctor. In today’s world, in general, the mention of the word doctor means a physician or a person related to the medical field.