Are Pharmacist Medical Doctors?

Doctor of Medicine (MD) vs. Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

The simple answer is No. The difference will be clear from the following two paras.

First, let's talk about the Doctor of Pharmacy profession;

Pharmacy is the science and practice of discovering, producing, preparing, dispensing, and reviewing medications, aiming to ensure the safe, effective, and affordable use of medicines. 

Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who are trained to dispense medications and advise patients on the proper use of those medications. 

They typically hold a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, which is a professional degree that focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to become a pharmacist. 

To become a pharmacist, individuals must complete a PharmD program at a school of pharmacy and pass a licensing exam.

PharmD is a five years program in Pakistan and India while in the US it requires at least 2-years of specific pre-professional (undergraduate) coursework followed by 4-academic years of professional study. 

In Pakistan and India, the intermediate degree is usually enough for admission into the Pharm.D. program, but completing a bachelor's degree before entering the Pharm.D. program is strongly recommended. 

On the other hand, MD, the full form of which is Doctor of Medicine, is a postgraduate degree where MBBS graduates study medicine in detail. 

It is a two years course that trains medical graduates in studying, preventing, diagnosing, and treating adult diseases. 

It is evident that to get enrolled in the MD program the aspirant must have completed their MBBS degree.


Often times the terms PharmD and MD are used interchangeably but after reading the above two paragraphs, the difference should be clear.