Happy Doctor’s Day!


Every year I try to make a point to wish every physician Happy Doctor’s Day! You may think this is a bogus holiday or occasion but it isn’t. While nurses get a week and other groups may get a month, we only get a day. One freaking day! And even then most hospital employers will forget or ignore it (and you). On average, over 50% of hospitals do not recognize this day. This is from surveys on this site. How easy would it be to send an email or a simple token of appreciation? It’s the simple things in life that keep physicians engaged.

For those who don’t know how it started, here goes:

On March 30th, 1933 Eudora Brown Almond, wife of a Dr. Cha Almond, commemorated the anniversary of the first use of anesthesia back in 1842. From 1933 to 1958, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Southern Medical Association kept the tradition of Doctor’s Day alive by mailing cards to physicians and by placing flowers on the graves of the deceased doctors every March 30th. In 1958 the United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution to commemorate March 30th as Doctor’s Day. In 1991, President George Bush signed a resolution proclaiming March 30th as the first National Doctor’s Day.

In 2010, surveys have found that 33% to 50% doctors want to quit or retire and 63 percent of doctors would not recommend this profession to others. How sad is that?

If you are not a doctor, don’t hesitate to tell a physician that you appreciate him or her.
If you are a doctor, take a second for some introspection. You directly help people every day. You can brag about this to your friends, your family and your community (even though you won’t). That is what this day is for. Don’t let your organization forget you, but if they do then do not forget yourselves!


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  6 comments for “Happy Doctor’s Day!

  1. Joe Smegma
    April 2, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I remember “Doctor’s Day” at the hospital I trained at during internship and residency. It was a huge deal back in the 1990’s. A full slate of lectures and an auditorium of PHYSICIANS in attendance. It felt really good as a resident to attend this festive experience. I felt that all the training, years of dedication, student loan debt, BS….was worthwhile. It was only one day, but it was OUR day. Miss those days.

  2. Evelyn Granieri
    April 1, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Re: ” providers”.. I’m on a personal campaign to delete this disrespectful appellation from the lexicon of the administrators at our institution. I am trying to get the housestaff to rise up and demand we be called physicians. Seems I can’t get traction from the attendings… Maybe they feel beaten down, in which case administration has succeeded in making us all their pawns.. Sigh

  3. Mark Flodin MD
    March 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I’m surprised they don’t designate it: “National Gatekeeper’s Day” for us primary care docs, LOL. Oh, that’s right, they’re not called patients any more, they’re “clients.” What a load of horse manure.

  4. Vardoc
    March 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I am happy to report my hospital and health care system not only send out announcements via email, but recognize us doctors with a very nice buffet breakfast each year. I hope this continues. And to those hospitals who do not make at least a token effort: wake up and fly right. You’re right, Doug – little things can and do make a huge difference.

  5. March 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Apparently, from the perspective of a local hospital, it’s “National Provider Day”….not “Physician’s Day”

    • Doug Farrago
      March 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Do you have any link to where it says that?

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