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5.15 Why was Carter referred to as "Doctor" while he was still a student? (ER)




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This article is from the ER FAQ, by Rose Cooper cooper@acm.cse.msu.edu with numerous contributions by others.

5.15 Why was Carter referred to as "Doctor" while he was still a student? (ER)

The explanation given is that patients are made to feel more
at ease if they believe they`re being examined by a real doctor.
[This makes it all the more interesting that in season five, Carter
refers to his own medical student as "Miss Knight" in front of patients.
Hmmm...] Some people have reported that this is semi-common, or at least
acceptable, practice at some hospitals; others have claimed that this
is totally unethical.

Students are given nametags that have their names on it, but
not "Dr." or "M.D.". They`re taught not to be forward with the fact
that they`re only students, but not to be evasive about it either.

At the end of the second season, Carter graduated from med
school and received his medical degree, so he`s officially a doctor
now.

 

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