Bottom line: In the hospital setting, we are consultants to physicians. When a physician is stumped on how to treat a patient, he will call on the PharmD. Not a PhD , NP , PA or JD, but a PharmD. It only matters to us that physicians find us as an asset; who cares what the public thinks. I myself belong in treatment group with specialists (akin to the House show) where we round and treat difficult patients. My job is to develop an appropriate pharmacotherpeutic regimen. After I present my idea on how the patient should be treated, the specialists order the treatment. I believe that it took a long time to get physicians to trust PharmDs. We are here and our gig is awesome. BTW, when I present on Grand Rounds, yes, the physicians call me "Dr". So please, do not discount this new degree. Do yourself a favor.. google PharmD and see all the research that our fellow pharmds are doing. Like MDs , there are many types with that degree. Some poor saps like to use that degree to count pills and some of us work next to physicians ( not in front, or in back, but next ). It is your scientific aptitude that counts in this field. Also a nota bene : "Physician" is the title the State gives a person after a rudimentary test is passed. "Doctor" is a title given by the eductional institute.