So my DH has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, worked for a Pharmaceutical company for a while, and then got a late admission to medical school paid for by his company with the stipulation he serves with them for 10 more years.
So after a while in school, they assign you to clerkships in Drs offices and hospitals, before you actually do your rotations. He met a 4th year guy student who was graduating in August, and looking to do his residency at a Neuroscience fellowship at Yale Neurosurgery. He needed 1 more letter of recommendation for his application.
Since my Husband has a Ph.D., a letter from him counts just as well as from an M.D., and he is fairly well known in neurobiology, so DH wrote his friend a letter and sent it to Yale. He signed it:
XXXXXXXX, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Senior Scientist/Program Manager, GlaxoSmithKlein
Well, Yale called Glaxo to verify the letter, but the HR secretary there directed them to the Medical school where DH is going. In short, the Medical school somehow found out DH wrote another student a letter of recommendation, and now he is in trouble.
They are bringing him before the disciplinary committee because they say he cannot be a medical student, a Senior Scientist, and a colleague of the 4th year med student he wrote the letter for, all at the same time. They basically said is was unethical for a medical student to write another medical student a letter, even though he has a Ph.D., and is well-respected in Neuroscience.
Some of his professors refuse to address him as Dr., and it bugs him to no end. I’d like to be able to think he wrote the letter to help the student out, but part of me also thinks he did it just to tick off the Administration because many of them are hostile to him because he comes from Industry.
I’m at the same school doing my Ph.D in Psychology, and I am hoping this won’t reflect bad on me. Any advice/suggestions out there?