Referred to: Reference Committee No. 1 – Timothy M. Beittel, MD, Chair
WHEREAS, United States and international medical schools award graduates multiple degrees including the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree; and
WHEREAS, more healthcare professions (e.g. nursing, nurse practitioner, pharmacy, physical therapy, physiatry, naturopathy, physician assistant) are developing programs that grant their graduates doctoral degrees; and
WHEREAS, healthcare professionals who use the title “Doctor” when they are not physicians can confuse and potentially mislead the general public; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Medical Society develop a campaign for public and legislative awareness to clarify the evolving problem of use of the term “doctor” by non-physician health care providers. (action)
Fiscal Note: Estimated additional budget impact: $20,000. Current resources will be allocated based on the priorities of the Society and the NCMS budget.