Doctor’s Day Revisited


It has been a week since National Doctor’s Day.  By the way, I found out that there are no cards in the stores that celebrate it.  My assistant, however,  did get me a pin from Walt Disney World that did say National Doctor’s Day 2016, so that was pretty cool.  How about you guys?  Some of you sent me emails telling me how you were celebrated.  Here is a sampling:

  • That would be a big fat NO, we got subjected to a nice long lecture telling us how bad we are doing on meaningful use, and, although they know we are doing the measures we just need to click more boxes. The EHR we have usually takes as long to dictate as it does to see the patient or longer.
  • Nope. I’m with a University based physician staff position, which is within the Division of Student Affairs at a super-sized Southeastern school, that generously strives to prides itself on “embracing diversity”, and “ cultural sensitivity” toward all sorts of shapes, sizes, flavors,& gender orientations or sexual identities. Alas, there was but nothing for us, the doctors on staff, who are just mere cogs in the wheels of production, but who are at the same time the teachers of med students & residents, mentors for pre-med types, & supervisors of our staff midlevels, and care-givers to our patients. Thanks for asking… I remain, Anonymous….
  • No mention of Doctor’s day until end of work day when one of our corporate people dropped by with our gift- a pair of Bluetooth headphones with the hospital logo on them.
  • I received a mug filled with candy from Allina health – I am a Type 1 diabetic though…
  • Just got a Doctors’ Day thank you e-mail from the VA Under Secretary for Health.
  • I am retired but st al’s in nampa id fed me breakfast buffett this am and invited me back for fajitas this pm.
  • Nothing from the organization, my team did a great job, 1 hospital sent a cafeteria gift card an a card of recognition, the big hospital did nothing.
  • I got an e-mail this AM from the hospital. Very touching.
  • I know you are justifiable critical about how doctors are treated on Doctors’ Day. Well, here is how my Doctors’ Day started out… I received the following solicitation from the PA Medical Society asking for money. The email couldn’t even start with thanking me for my work as a PCP. Am I to be satisfied that the last 3 works in the email before the signature are Happy Doctors’ Day?
  • Answer: Yes (by saying Happy Doctors’ Day)

So, overall, I would say that once again, it was lame for most doctors.  I remember, at my first hospital, during residency, there as a big celebration with awards and a huge buffet.  Doctors felt valued.  Now we are being devalued as if somehow it is too politically incorrect to thank doctors in a big way.  So sad. So, so sad.

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] 

  7 comments for “Doctor’s Day Revisited

  1. Joan Schoepf
    April 8, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I’ve been in the health care field for 45 years and did not know there was a National Doctor’s Day!! I want to wish all the doctors nationwide a belated, “Thanks for all you Do”. It really is appreciated, and if the public knew, I am sure they would join me. For those of you who received a pittance (free lunch, ear buds, etc.) from the money making machine you work for, watch your paycheck … it may go down because of their generosity. Have a great day wherever you are – love you all!

  2. Soccerdoc
    April 7, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    My hospital donated to several food pantries (not including the one in my town) in the name of the staff and no doubt took a tax deduction. Also gave a free ice cream between 1:30 and 4:30 pm–got the email about this after 2 pm while seeing patients in my office. So much appreciation.

  3. Mountaineer Doc
    April 7, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    My hospital had a big buffet lunch for us and our private office had cake and ice cream and gifts. I’m feeling pretty special compared to the rest of these stories!

  4. Frank J. Rubino MD
    April 6, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    When was Doctor’s Day? I must have missed it. I’ve only been on the staff for 36 years. I’m just one of the FP’s so I should not expect too much here in Wausau, Wisconsin.

  5. PAW
    April 6, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    We feel appreciated at our hospital. For several years now we have several events over several days. Pictures in newspaper, massages in the morning, special lunch with shrimp, crab, tenderloin, fancy desserts and then a gift delivered to our offices by ceo personally. The gifts are different each year. Sometimes electronic device sometimes monogrammed bag etc. pretty good compared to many places.

  6. Stephen Rockower
    April 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I got some BlueTooth earbuds from one hospital and a coffee travel mug from the other. and free lunches!

  7. RSW
    April 6, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Got this promo from the AAFP to help me deal with the trauma of the doctor-hating bill that they lobbied to get passed:

    Nice little racket they’ve got going there.

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