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—-Envelope or address block on an email: How to Address a Pharmacist
—-—-(Full Name), (Academic Post-nominal)
——–Which looks like:
—-—-—-Adam Welch, PharmD, FAPhA
—-—-—-1234 West Glebe Road
————Arlington, VA 20007
————Brittany M. DeLettre, PharmD
————Center Metropolitan Hospital
————5678 Stafford Boulevard
————Arlington, VA 20009
—-—-Dear Dr. (Surname)
—-—-Dear Mr./Ms./etc. (Surname)
See note below on use of ‘Dr. (Name)’ by pharmacists. How to Address a Pharmacist
Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”
Is a Pharmacist ‘Dr. (Name)’?
Traditionally, whether or not a pharmacist was addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’ depended on the setting. Today it is most likely they are addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’.
Historically, in academia, the pharmacy faculty is addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’ like their doctorate-holding academic colleagues. But in hospitals pharmacists are likely not addressed as Dr. (Name). In a social setting be sensitive to the preference of the individual.
Historically, in healthcare only physicians (medical doctors, vets, dentists, osteopaths, podiatrists …) are addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’. Other healthcare professionals – in hospital administration, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, etc. – are not addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’. This is said to be for the benefit of / clarity for the patients. For the patients (like me), the practice of using Dr. (Name) only with physicians makes sense.
—–On a letter, business card, or sign list the pharmacist’s name as:
—-—-(Full Name), (Academic Post-Nominals)
But today in healthcare, everyone with a doctorate will be addressed as ‘Dr.(Name)’. For more information see the post on Use of a Doctorate.
– Robert Hickey