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Entry from September 20, 2015
Money Doctor (Doctor of Medicine or MD backronym)

A doctor can hold a Ph.D. degree or an M.D. degree. However, someone with an M.D. (medicine) is more likely to make more money than someone with a Ph.D. in English literature. A popular saying (especially in India) is that one should be an M.D. (Money Doctor) and not a Ph.D. (Poor, Hungry Doctor). “Must be a doctor. A real doctor, i.e., an MD (Money Doctor), not a PhD (Poor hungry Doctor)” was cited in print in 2003.

The Bachelor of Science degree is frequently called B.S. ("bull shit") and the Master of Science degree is called M.S. ("more shit” or “more of the same"), with both referenced in print since at least 1932.  M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) degree backronyms include “Massive Bank Account,” “Master Bullshit Artist,” “Mediocre But Aggressive” and “Mediocre But Arrogant.” Ph.D. (doctorate) backronyms include “Piled Higher and Deeper,” “Pizza Hut Deliveryman” and “Poor, Hungry and Driven.” The M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) degree has infrequently been called “Much Deeper” since about 2006.

The Tickling Media Forum
10-06-2003, 03:41 PM
Lightbulb Revealed!! Arranged marriages in Islam...or...3 Simple Rules for Marrying my Daughter:

(1) Must be a first cousin.
(2) Must have skin like white powder.
(3) Must be a doctor. A real doctor, i.e., an MD (Money Doctor), not a PhD (Poor hungry Doctor).

Why Am I So Ugly?
01-19-2004, 02:47 AM
Originally posted by Helena Handbasket
I’m going to have to get a PhD. Does that count?

no, not a Poor Hungry Doctor
an MD- Money Doctor

Bob Dunsire Bagpipe Forums
12-09-2005, 11:33 AM
Well, you know, “MD” stands for “Money Doctor” and “PHd” stands for “Poor, hungry doctor”.

Google Books
Portable Roots:
A Saga of the Tamil Diaspora

By Civacaṅkari, Rekha Shetty
New Delhi: Promilla & Co., Publishers
Pg. 247:
Gunasekharan quickly objected, “No, no… don’t include me in that group, Venkat… These are money minting doctors — M.D.s. I am a poor, hungry doctor - Ph.D. in Economics...”

Lol! My Medical Chem Professor defines Ph.D->poor hungry doctor and M.D->money doctor.
9:42 AM - 9 Sep 2010

Congrats!Dr Cruz in A Team just passed his exam! Time to be MD (Money Doctor)!
12:56 PM - 14 Apr 2011

Patilynn Williams
NonStandard Medical Abbreviations ~ MD Money Doctor • PhD Poor but Happy Doctor
8:38 PM - 13 Nov 2011

E Merrell
My Arab professor told us earlier that his mother said...an MD = Money Dr.  & a PHD= Poor Hungry Doctor… we all laughed uneasy
2:01 PM - 19 Jan 2012

Larianna Varnado
He said his mom wanted him to be a MD “money doctor” not a PHD “poor hungry doctor.” -Dr. Boutté
9:46 AM - 13 Feb 2012

Patrick G
Spoken like a true chemist.
“PhD stands for Poor hungry Doctor, and MD stands for Money Doctor"."
11:45 AM - 26 Aug 2015

Miguel Royo-León
From my Computer Architecture professor: There are two types of doctors.
1. MD i.e. Money Doctor
2. Ph.D. i.e. Poor Hungry Doctor
10:49 PM - 1 Sep 2015
El Paso, TX

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