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* The guys and gals from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' are usually respected for being scientists and having PhD degrees, and Penny only thinks that science is incredibly boring, but at times she becomes fascinated with it. Howard, as an engineer with ''only'' a Master's Degree rather than a Doctorate, sometimes gets snubbed or made the target of snide remarks.

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* The guys and gals from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' are usually respected for being scientists and having PhD [=PhD=] degrees, and Penny only thinks that science is incredibly boring, but at times she becomes fascinated with it. Howard, as an engineer with ''only'' a Master's Degree rather than a Doctorate, sometimes gets snubbed or made the target of snide remarks.


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* Want to see something hilarious? Go ask a veterinarian/doctor[[note]]with qualified staff; a vet or doctor who doesn't work with licensed nurses will know how to do these things because they have to, as will ER docs because if the nurse is busy, it's do it or lose the patient[[/note]] to draw blood/place an IV catheter/*insert technical nursing skill here* and watch them stammer about how they haven't done that since they were in school. Then watch the exasperated nurse whip the Vacutainer/syringe/whatever out of said doctor/vet's hand and place the thing in two seconds flat.


** In the same episode, at the hospital:
-->''' Ross:''' And I'm Doctor Ross Geller.\\
'''Rachel:''' Ross, please, this is a hospital, okay? That actually means something here.



** Best one is where they are at a hospital
-->''' Ross:''' And I'm Doctor Ross Geller.\\
'''Rachel:''' Ross, please, this is a hospital, okay? That actually means something here.



* In ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' Jane claimed her new boyfriend was a surgeon. He was actually a butcher.

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* In ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' Jane Sally claimed her new boyfriend was a surgeon. He surgeon, which backfired when Jane recognised him as her butcher. HilarityEnsues when he unwittingly gives the boys the impression that he's been performing unethical operations on her. Sally explains that she was actually insecure about people making "butcher jokes". No one points out that there are likely a butcher.lot more jokes about doctors.



* The series ''Series/{{Providence}}'' refers to this: lead character Sydney is a plastic surgeon and frequently has to deal with other doctors outright scoffing at her when she reveals this. Even one of her classmates seems reluctant to take her on as partner in her practice because of this (granted, this is a family practice, which Sydney, despite her skills and training, really does lack experience in0.

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* The series ''Series/{{Providence}}'' refers to this: lead character Sydney is a plastic surgeon and frequently has to deal with other doctors outright scoffing at her when she reveals this. Even one of her classmates seems reluctant to take her on as partner in her practice because of this (granted, this is a family practice, which Sydney, despite her skills and training, really does lack experience in0.in.


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* The early seasons of ''Series/AllSaints'' had some conflict between the regular cast of nurses and the doctors in the guest cast, in particular Bronwyn's father Professor Craig, a condescending bully with no respect for their diagnostic opinions. It also comes up with Jared's fiancé Amanda when she objects to his decision to leave medical school and stick with nursing.


* A patient goes to the doctor's, explaining that his pharmacist didn't know what to prescribe him. The doctor smugly responds that the day ''pharmacists'' know what to do, he'll eat his diploma, then asks what advice the *snrk* ''pharmacist'' gave. "He told me to see a doctor."

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* A joke: a patient goes to the doctor's, explaining that his pharmacist didn't know what to prescribe him. The doctor smugly responds that the day ''pharmacists'' know what to do, he'll eat his diploma, then asks what advice the *snrk* ''pharmacist'' gave. "He told me to see a doctor."


The practice of medicine has long been one of the highest status professions around; what could be more admirable than healing the sick?

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The practice of medicine has long been one of the highest status highest-status professions around; what what, after all, could be more admirable than healing the sick?


The practice of medicine has long been one of the highest status professions around - what could be more admirable than healing the sick?

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The practice of medicine has long been one of the highest status professions around - around; what could be more admirable than healing the sick?


In comedies, the high status attached to physicians is always shown to loom large over those who come close to, but do not attain the sacred mantle... such as other health professionals, doctors in non-medical fields, and sometimes even medical doctors whose specialty is perceived as less challenging or useful than others. Similarly, a nurse has a different set of skills than a doctor and they don't like to be confused for one.

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In comedies, the high status attached to physicians is always shown to loom large over those who come close to, but do not attain quite attain, the sacred mantle... such as other health professionals, doctors in non-medical fields, and sometimes even medical doctors whose specialty is perceived as less challenging or useful than others. Similarly, a nurse has a different set of skills than a doctor and they don't like to be confused for one.


** Another episode features Jerry dating a doctor who constantly talks about how rewarding saving lives is. When he finds out she's a dermatologist, a field he regards as utterly worthless, he is outraged. Next time they are out on a date, he angrily chews her out for daring to call herself a lifesaver... only to be interrupted by a man who thinks her profusely for saving his life. He had skin cancer. OpenMouthInsertFoot

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** Another episode features Jerry dating a doctor who constantly talks about how rewarding saving lives is. When he finds out she's a dermatologist, a field he regards as utterly worthless, he is outraged. Next time they are out on a date, he angrily chews her out for daring to call herself a lifesaver... only to be interrupted by a man who thinks thanks her profusely for saving his life. He had skin cancer. OpenMouthInsertFoot


** Elaine dates an intern who's repeatedly failed his medical licensing exam. She insists on calling him "doctor" anyway so she can say she's dating a doctor. Later on, Elaine even helps him study for the exam to make him an actual doctor only for him to pass and dump her immediately afterward, under the rationale that as a doctor, he deserves better.

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** Elaine dates an intern who's a med student who has repeatedly failed his medical licensing exam. exam to officially become a doctor. She insists on calling him "doctor" anyway so she can say she's dating a doctor. Later on, Elaine even doctor, and helps him study for the his exam to make him an actual doctor only for him to so he'll pass and dump it. When he finally does, he dumps her immediately afterward, under the rationale immediately.
--->'''Elaine:''' But what about my dream of dating a doctor?!\\
'''Doctor:''' I'm sorry, Elaine. I always knew
that as after I became a doctor, he deserves better.I would dump whoever I was with and find someone better. That's the dream of ''becoming'' a doctor.



** Another episode features Jerry dating a dermatologist, with him claiming the whole profession is "just put some aloe on it" and referring to her as "pimple-popper MD". It backfires on him big time when he learns that dermatologists also treat skin cancer. For the record, she ''was'' insufferable about her career and spent a whole dinner date talking about how great it felt to save lives for a living.

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** Another episode features Jerry dating a doctor who constantly talks about how rewarding saving lives is. When he finds out she's a dermatologist, with him claiming the whole profession a field he regards as utterly worthless, he is "just put some aloe on it" and referring to her as "pimple-popper MD". It backfires on him big outraged. Next time when they are out on a date, he learns that dermatologists also treat angrily chews her out for daring to call herself a lifesaver... only to be interrupted by a man who thinks her profusely for saving his life. He had skin cancer. For the record, she ''was'' insufferable about her career and spent a whole dinner date talking about how great it felt to save lives for a living.OpenMouthInsertFoot


** Haldon "Half-Maester" is so-called because he supposedly never completed his maester's chain, so is ''technically'' simply an acolyte of the Citadel, still (think... a university student yet to take their finals). Yet, he performs the role of a maester for the Golden Company in practice. After all, it just wouldn't ''do'' to have a fully recognised maester assigned to outlaws and cadet branches, be they nobles or not. If you smell a fish, you're not the only one: Tyrion notes all this when he bumps into it.

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** Haldon "Half-Maester" is so-called because he supposedly never completed his maester's chain, so is ''technically'' simply an acolyte of the Citadel, still (think... a university post-grad student yet to take sit all their finals).final exams, yet having technically completed every module and practical needed to qualify). Yet, he performs the role of a maester for the Golden Company in practice. After all, it just wouldn't ''do'' to have a fully recognised maester assigned to outlaws and cadet branches, be they nobles or not. If you smell a fish, you're not the only one: Tyrion notes all this when he bumps into it.

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* Dr. Zed in ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' is a BackAlleyDoctor and legitimately the only person on Pandora who wants to actually help you and make you healthy. His lack of a medical license is a RunningGag in the series. The fact that Doc Mercy, the very malevolent leader of a group of bandits, actually DOES have a practitioners license, is a bit of a sore spot for him.
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* From ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' In the Seven Kingdoms, you're either an officially acknowledged maester or a nothing. Qyburn ''was'' a maester until he got himself demoted due to ethical malpractice; part of his ForScience motivation is getting his chain (aka his licence) back upon [[TheyCalledMeMad proving himself right]]... by doubling down on what got him canned in the first place.
** Haldon "Half-Maester" is so-called because he supposedly never completed his maester's chain, so is technically an acolyte of the Citadel, still (think... a university student yet to take their finals). Yet, he performs as a maester for the Golden Company, in practice. After all, it wouldn't do to have a fully recognised maester assigned to outlaws and cadet branches, be they nobles or not.

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* From ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' In the Seven Kingdoms, you're either an officially acknowledged maester or a nothing. nothing -- even if you do some of what they do, or even all of it. Qyburn ''was'' a maester until full maester. Until he got himself demoted due to ethical malpractice; part of his ForScience motivation is getting his chain (aka his licence) back upon [[TheyCalledMeMad proving himself right]]... by doubling down on what got him canned in the first place.
** Haldon "Half-Maester" is so-called because he supposedly never completed his maester's chain, so is technically ''technically'' simply an acolyte of the Citadel, still (think... a university student yet to take their finals). Yet, he performs as the role of a maester for the Golden Company, Company in practice. After all, it just wouldn't do ''do'' to have a fully recognised maester assigned to outlaws and cadet branches, be they nobles or not.not. If you smell a fish, you're not the only one: Tyrion notes all this when he bumps into it.

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* From ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' In the Seven Kingdoms, you're either an officially acknowledged maester or a nothing. Qyburn ''was'' a maester until he got himself demoted due to ethical malpractice; part of his ForScience motivation is getting his chain (aka his licence) back upon [[TheyCalledMeMad proving himself right]]... by doubling down on what got him canned in the first place.
** Haldon "Half-Maester" is so-called because he supposedly never completed his maester's chain, so is technically an acolyte of the Citadel, still (think... a university student yet to take their finals). Yet, he performs as a maester for the Golden Company, in practice. After all, it wouldn't do to have a fully recognised maester assigned to outlaws and cadet branches, be they nobles or not.


* Subverted by MarvelComics' Night Nurse, who is actually a physician. Comicbook/DoctorStrange (a former surgeon) jokingly suggests she might have a "Florence Nightingale fetish," but she insists it's only because the codename is catchier than "Night General Practitioner."

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* Subverted by MarvelComics' Creator/MarvelComics' Night Nurse, who is actually a physician. Comicbook/DoctorStrange (a former surgeon) jokingly suggests she might have a "Florence Nightingale fetish," but she insists it's only because the codename is catchier than "Night General Practitioner."

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