Celebrating National Doctor’s Day

The healthcare industry has evolved significantly over the last couple of decades. With advancements in research and technology, doctors have an overwhelming responsibility to diagnose and treat patients every single day accurately. 

Every year on March 30th, we celebrate National Doctor’s Day, which recognizes the physicians who dedicate their lives to the health and safety of their patients. 

As an allied health leader in provided care, we express our sincere gratitude to doctors for all that they do.

History of National Doctor’s Day

March 30, 1933, marked the first National Doctor’s Day, celebrated in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a physician, Dr. Charles B. Almond, was the first to recognize a need to honor doctors. She arranged for people to mail greeting cards and lay flowers on the graves of deceased loved ones. 

On March 30, 1842, anesthesia was administered during surgery for the first time. This date was chosen for National Doctor’s Day to commemorate this historic medical milestone’s anniversary. Although the holiday was widely celebrated by many for years to come, it wasn’t until 1990 that George H.W. Bush signed National Doctor’s Day into legislation. You’ll often see doctors wearing red carnations, which has become the symbolic flower to celebrate this day.

Facts About Doctors

As we celebrate National Doctor’s Day, it’s important to acknowledge the important work that’s behind the physicians that you see in your exam rooms and operating rooms today. 

The field of medicine is one of the fastest-growing industries. The U.S. currently has over 700,000 doctors, and that number is only expected to grow. It can take up to eleven years to become a doctor. A Bachelor’s degree is required, which usually takes about four years to complete. This is followed by four years of medical school and 3-8 years of residency depending on which specialty the physician chooses. 

Many doctors attribute their relationships with patients to be the most rewarding part of their job. This is something that you don’t find in many other professions. Physicians are by their patients’ side during some of the hardest times of their lives. Physicians are entrusted to hold other human being’s lives in their hands, which is daunting but the payoff can be gratifying. The demonstrations of gratitude from patients and their loved ones leave an immense impact on doctors. 

National Doctor’s Day

Doctors lead an intellectually and emotionally impactful career. This past year has seen no shortage of that with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the world. Today, we celebrate National Doctor’s Day by honoring all of our physicians for their unwavering passion, dedication, and service to their patients and communities’ health and safety. When you have a moment, take the opportunity to say thank you to a doctor for all that they do. 

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