Posted on March 26, 2018
March 30th is National Doctors’ Day!
National Doctors’ Day offers the chance to recognize the hard work physicians across the country perform every day. Advances in technology, the growing burden of chronic conditions, and continuous changes in health care system are reshaping what it means to be a physician in the twenty-first century.
The American Medical Association recently surveyed 1,200 medical students, residents, and physicians with 10 or fewer years on the job. The survey asked why they became physicians, what challenges they face professionally, and whether or not they’re satisfied with their career choice. Medical students, residents, and young physicians overwhelmingly reported the profession as a calling—one driven by an innate desire to help others. Nearly three-quarters of doctors surveyed said they decided the direction of their profession while still in their teens.
Medicine is a special calling, and those who choose this vocation understand the tremendous responsibility it entails. Each knows the job comes with plenty of hard work, stress, and sacrifice. The years of training and study come at great financial cost and the job means a life of unpredictable hours and a strain on family life.
History of the Holiday
National Doctors’ Day, observed each year on March 30th, is a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for all citizens. The first observance of this holiday was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included the mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on graves of deceased doctors.
Why March 30th? On this day in 1842, general anesthesia was used for the first time in surgery. Its use represented a significant development in modern medicine and demonstrated the personal commitment of doctors to continuous medical advancement.
In 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national holiday. Following overwhelming approval by the Senate and the House of Representatives on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed a resolution designating March 30th as “National Doctors’ Day.”
Why Celebrate Doctor’s Day?
Doctors relieve more than just physical pain—they also listen and address patients’ fears, loneliness, and anxiety. They provide advice and counseling to aid the body both physically and medically. We listen to our doctors to help us thrive.
Doctors work to make us whole again. They perform surgery to remove disease, can literally hold a heart in their hands, and mend broken bones. By doing the incredible things they do each day, patients are able to live longer, fuller lives. No matter what their specialty, physicians significantly improve well-being and quality of life.
On average, a physician works nearly 60 hours a week and, even more impressive, work 1.5 times more years than the average American. Doctors work amazingly well under pressure, are industrious, and attentive to patients.
Ways to Show Your Appreciation
If you love your doctor, think about sending him or her a note or e-mail of appreciation, perhaps donate to your local medical center, or maybe even nominate your doctor for an award. With nearly 700,000 working physicians and surgeons across the country, your doctor would be thrilled to know his hard is valued.
A great way to celebrate your doctor is to schedule regular check-ups to find possible health issues before they become a problem—and while you have a better chance for successful treatment. Don’t avoid your physician! She’s ready to ensure you’re on the right track to better health.
Continue practicing daily healthy routines: Remember to hydrate, exercise, and fuel up on balanced meals. Your doctor will appreciate it.
Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC) thanks its physicians for their tireless contributions to our patients and the community. Your hard work and dedication are evident and we are grateful for all you do.
If you have questions about any healthcare issue, contact the primary care providers at Coastal Carolina Health Care by calling (252) 633-4111 or visiting www.cchchealthcare.com.
(Sources: North Carolina Medical Society; The Western Carolina Medical Society; STAT News; Advanced MD; National Today; Punchbowl, Inc.; and DoctorsDay.org.)