When I was a resident on a new rotation as a PGY2, our attending was orienting us to the therapy staff. She kept referring to me by my first name through the meeting, which is fine... I'd actually prefer if the therapists call me by my first name, since most of them are older and more experienced than I am anyway. But the weird thing was that she kept calling the other resident by his title.
For example, she would say something like, "If you feel the patient's medications need to be changed, you can page Dr. Lee or Fizzy."
I was baffled. Admittedly, the other resident was a PGY4 while I was just a PGY2, but we both had the same exact responsibilities on the ward. We were both licensed physicians. Neither one of us was boarded yet. He was five or six years older than me, but still just in his early thirties. So how come he was Dr. Lee and I was Fizzy?
And trust me, I do not have a difficult last name to remember or pronounce.
I just put it aside, thinking maybe the attending forgot my last name or something. But then the next day, another attending was going through the ward, introducing someone who was applying for a job. And he introduced us as: "This is Dr. Lee and this is Fizzy."
Strangely enough, these days I have the opposite problem. I want the staff on my unit to call me Fizzy and have told several of them so, but many of them persist in calling me Dr. Lastname. Or they called me Fizzy for a day, then went back to Dr. Lastname. It makes me really uncomfortable, for some reason, mostly because I'm the same age or younger than everyone and I feel like we're all on the same level. But after a few months of saying, "Call me Fizzy," I kind of gave up.
Conversely, I absolutely want all the patients to address me as Doctor, and it pisses me off incredibly when they ignore my introduction and immediately start addressing me by my first name.