Im just about finishing my first year of professional school and I have encountered a lot of professionals that have earned their doctorates in their profession or PhDs in their discipline. Most are very humble and introduce themselves by first name unless it's in a professional setting and they hold a significant title in the organization. So my question is, how do you guys feel when people introduce themselves as Dr. or preferred to be called that in social settings or when they dont hold a high position i.e. manager, director, etc..? I think its sort of pretentious and I think the only people who should call themselves doctors are MDs and the like. I only call others who arent MDs doctors because thats what is to be expected and dont want to get canned. But I do it every time with a bit of reluctance in my head. Anyway, not to say that anyone who has earned a PhD or doctorate in their professional, didnt work as hard or is as smart, I think just think its better to call doctors who are actual MDs. Note = MD meaning DOs, surgeons, etc..