"As more nurses- pharmacists and physical therapists claim this honorific- physicians are fighting back. For nurses- getting doctorates can help them land a top administrative job at a hospital- improve their standing at a university and win them more respect from colleagues and patients. But so far- the new degrees have not brought higher fees from insurers for seeing patients or greater authority from states to prescribe medicines."
As nurses- pharmacists and others seek degrees beyond B.S.'s and M.S.'s- physicians fear encroachment on their turf.