National Physicians Day

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2024 DateMay 1, 2024
2025 DateMay 1, 2025

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National Physicians Day History

National Physicians Day honours and recognizes the dedication and commitment of physicians to their patients and communities. The observance serves as an opportunity to express gratitude towards the medical professionals who continue to provide exceptional care and support, as well as those who have made significant contributions to the field of medicine. This day further encourages dialogue on the importance of quality healthcare and highlights the various roles that physicians play in promoting the health and well-being of Canadians.

The origins of National Physicians Day can be traced back to 2010, when the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) proposed the idea of designating a day to celebrate medical professionals across the country. The date was chosen in honour of Dr. Emily Stowe, the first female physician to practice in Canada and a pioneer in women's rights and suffrage movement. National Physicians Day not only pays tribute to the achievements of all physicians, but it also serves as a reflection of the diverse and evolving nature of the medical profession in Canada.

In celebration of National Physicians Day, various events and activities are organized across the country, including educational programs, public awareness campaigns, and tributes to distinguished physicians. These activities focus on acknowledging the tireless efforts of physicians in ensuring the health and well-being of their communities and patients. National Physicians Day is observed annually on May 1st, coinciding with the birthday of Dr. Emily Stowe.

Top facts about National Physicians Day

  • According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, in 2023, there were 96,000 physicians in Canada.
    At the start of 2022, there were more 94,000 physicians in Canada.
  • In 2024, the median pay for physicians in Canada was $103,000 annually.
  • Dr. Emily Stowe was not only a pioneer in the medical profession but also an advocate for women's rights. She was one of the founding members of the Women's Medical College, which opened in 1883 in Toronto to provide medical education for women.
  • According to a national physician survey, approximately 15% of physicians in Canada are 65 or older, indicating a potential wave of retirements in the coming years.
  • Canada has an approximately equivalent number of family medicine physicians and specialist physicians.
  • The average age of a physician in Canada is around 50 years. Half of all doctors are under 50 and half are aged 50 or older.

Top things to do for National Physicians Day

  • On this day, people often post appreciative messages on social media thanking their physicians using the designated hashtag - #NationalPhysiciansDay.
  • Webinars and virtual meetings are often arranged to discuss the progress and challenges in the medical field or to talk about groundbreaking innovations and discoveries.
  • Major medical institutions, hospitals, and medical schools often have special observances or dedications to honor the work of doctors.
  • Arrange a small gathering or reception at a local clinic or hospital to express gratitude towards physicians. You can invite patients, staff members, and other healthcare professionals to celebrate and acknowledge their contributions.
  • Encourage physicians to take care of themselves by organizing wellness programs. This can include yoga or meditation classes, stress management workshops, or even arranging for massages or spa treatments as a token of appreciation.

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