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Old November 10, 2008, 08:07 PM
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I'm not sure what you're trying to say, Crotalito.

I'm saying that la médica is acceptable Spanish usage.
If you're saying it is acceptable, I agree.
If you're saying it is commonly used in Mexico, that's good to know. I based my opinion on the number of hits on the Internet. La médica doesn't appear to be that common, when you try possible sentences on the Internet. This could just be because there aren't as many women doctors, or it could be because it still sounds odd to most people and they prefer saying la médico.
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Old November 10, 2008, 11:02 PM
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This usage (la médica, la médico etc.) is currently in flux and is being defined by usage, which incidentally changes from region to region. There is not always a definite "correct" answer even for a native speaker in these matters. This is due to the fact that in the past, the feminine version did not mean that it was their profession, it meant their husband had that profession. Thus, in the past, the following was true for professions predominantly held by men:

doctor = doctor ... doctora = doctor's wife (not doctor)
pastor = pastor ... pastora = pastor's wife (not pastor)

With professions predominantly held by women, both versions existed and referred to the profession, such as maestro/a, profesor/a, and enfermero/a.

That is why some people are hesitant to say things like la médica, since it could imply doctor's wife instead of doctor.
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Old November 10, 2008, 11:17 PM
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Don't get me wrong. La médica didn't sound good to me, but I checked and found a reason to believe it was valid, so I left it unchallenged.

I have to second David's assertions about how it used to work (and probably still does) for some things and how it works for others.

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Rusty the word Medica, Profesora, maestra of the same gender is acceptable, it's commonly used in our country, it's does not matter to the people here in our country, if you don't match anything in the Internet, it's because sometimes the internet has not common hang, it's could to be the reason of why you don't found any above it.
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Here a female doctor would not call herself a 'medica'. If you want to put gender into the job, use doctora, sounds better than medica, at least here.

Ingeniera is different, my sister is one, it is felt as a more normal word, I don't know why.
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we learned el médico and la médica in class not the doctor and doctora
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Yes, it's the same, Medica or Medico, doctora or Doctor, it both meaning the same.
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Old November 11, 2008, 08:22 AM
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we learned el médico and la médica in class not the doctor and doctora
Médico/médica exclusively means medical doctor, while doctor/doctora can refer to a medical doctor or simply anyone with a doctorate degree (as it also can in English).
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