Half way over the Atlantic, cabin crew announcement: “ladies and gentlemen, if there is a doctor on board, please make yourself known to the cabin crew.”
“Can ai ‘elp..?” Says Valentino Rossi as he wanders into the galley...
I think that comment went over most peoples' heads but my wife and I had a good chuckle.
I worked with a medical doctor in a sales environment in the medical devices industry, some people in the company called him Dr (first name), I just called him by his first name. Same with my personal doctor and dentist. First name is fine.
Many other colleagues around the world had medical and other higher qualifications but you would never know it (apart from Herr Dr. Med. Prof. Ing).
Working in the medical devices environment the majority of people we dealt with were anesthesiologists, cardiologists, radiologists, professors (in academic hospitals) and usually after the first or second meeting it was "call me (first name)".
However... I remember one occasion when my manager and myself went to see a client with a reputation for unpredictable moods and when my boss greeted her by her first name (as in countless times before) she retorted "what's wrong, haven't you met a female professor before?"
Next time we met her, first name was fine again. Prima donna.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...