National Doctor's Day

National Doctor's Day

National Doctor's Day History

National Doctor's Day commemorates the nation's doctors, who have dedicated themselves to public service by helping to ensure the good health of US citizens. Doctors are qualified and licensed individuals who practice medicine of all forms. They include many types such as physicians, surgeons, specialists, anesthesiologists and pediatricians, who dedicate their lives to helping, healing and curing the sick and needy.

President George W. Bush designated March 30th as National Doctor's Day on October 30, 1990 in an effort to celebrate the sacrifices and contributions made by our nation's doctors.  National Doctor's Day is observed on March 30th every year in the US.

National Doctor's Day Facts & Quotes

  • The red carnation is the symbolic flower used for this holiday.  It is often placed on the gravesites of deceased physicians.
  • Eudora Almond, wife of Dr. Charles Almond, celebrated the first Doctor's Day in Winder, Georgia on March 30, 1933.
  • According to a study by AAMC, the average cost of attending a US Medical school as a nonresident is about $50,000 per year.
  • People pay the doctor for his trouble; for his kindness-they still remain in his debt.  - Seneca, ancient Roman philosopher.
  • A good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease. - William Osler, Canadian physician and founder of John Hopkins Hospital

National Doctor's Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Order a gift for your doctor.  Find something related to medicine such as a spine keychain or even a basket of fruits shaped like bones.
  • Send a personal Thank You Note to your doctor letting them know you appreciate him/her.
  • Place a red carnation on a deceased physicians grave.
  • Drop by your doctor's office with a free lunch or a snack in appreciation of their dedication towards your health.
  • If you haven't been for a check up in a while, get one. Your doctor will be happy that you came in.

National Doctor's Day References and Related Sites

www.doctorsday.org

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