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What is a PhD in Germany?

Martin Fenner
March 14, 2008 0 min read

Nature News this week reports (https://web.archive.org/web/20120612090323/http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080312/full/452138a.html?) that

Seven US-educated scientists working at the Max Planck Society's institutes are facing criminal charges for impersonating a doctor.

This extremely embarrassing story is fortunately no longer possible. The German Kultusministerkonferenz decided on March 6 (https://web.archive.org/web/20120612090323/http://www.kmk.org/aktuell/pm080306c.htm?) (text in German) to allow U.S. PhDs to call themselves Dr. in Germany. Until this story evolved (https://web.archive.org/web/20120612090323/http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2008/03/07/who-are-you-calling-doctor/?), I didn't even know that this is an issue.

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