Yesterday I was talking to a very nice physical therapist at work named Elaine. Elaine is around my age, and I noticed that she was calling me "Dr. McFizz." This seemed a little weird because I call her by her first name and I basically consider us equals.
"Hey," I said to her. "You don't have to call me Dr. McFizz. You can just call me Fizzy."
Elaine laughed. "A few of the doctors have said that to me, but I'll be honest, I just can't do it."
I looked at her in surprise and she added, "You should take it as a compliment. It's a sign of respect."
I'm glad we had this exchange because now I've confirmed that I'm wasting my time telling people to call me Fizzy. I suppose I understand this, although I'm not sure how to feel about it. When I was in residency, there were attendings who used to say something like "Hey, it's Mike" when I'd return their pages, but I just couldn't call them by their first names. I just couldn't.