You’re a pharmacist, not a physician: Get your own title
A friend of mine who works as a pharmacy technician told me a story a while back that made me chuckle. A customer came up to the counter and asked the pharmacist to take a look at some blister-like thing that was growing on the end of his finger. It bled a lot at the slightest touch, he said, and he wanted to know what he should do about it.
The pharmacist advised the man to check with a doctor. "Well, isn't that what I'm doing?" the confused customer asked. "It says doctor right on your name tag."
The entire pharmacy staff had to suppress their laughter, because this pharmacist was one who took his PharmD very seriously, to the point of insisting that "Doctor" take the place of "Mister" whenever his name came up.
We've probably all run into one of "those" pharmacists at some point, and this column is for them. To those pharmacists I say this: You're not a doctor, and please stop calling yourself one.
Physician vs. doctor
Now I fully understand that you have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, which gives you the title of "doctor" in the world of academia, the same title as for those who have earned PhDs in English, anthropology, political science, or any of the hundreds of other fields of study offered on college campuses.