Were You Recognized Yesterday for Doctor’s Day?

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Yesterday was Doctor’s Day.  When I first started in medicine, working for a hospital, there used to be luncheons for doctors. Then it became a small gift.  Then maybe a card and meal discount.  Not longer after it was an email. Finally, there was nothing.

Today I work for myself but my assistant got me a Walt Disney World Doctor’s Day pin.

What did you get?

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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] 

  29 comments for “Were You Recognized Yesterday for Doctor’s Day?

  1. John
    April 5, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Nothing this year. My favorite in the past was a three year run of finger nail clippers in a genuine fake leatherette pouch embossed with the hospital name. I guess they ordered too many the first year and it took 2 more years to use up the stock pile.

  2. Marcus
    April 5, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Independent FP. I got an invite to a meal, that I would have to take time away from seeing patients to attend. I got an email from the local hospital, but it was just a reminder that I need to pay hospital dues.
    I saw it was Dr.s day, but since I have not gotten any recognition for years, I did not expect any this year. I was not dissapointed.

  3. Kris
    April 4, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    WE got a thank you card signed by administrators and a “tileMate” (a device that helps you find your keys and phone). I’m guessing they got a hefty discount on a bulk purchase, and it probably cost them $1 each. Not impressed

  4. Steven Zeitzew
    April 4, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    No e-mail, No poster on the wall (in contrast to what is done for nurses, etc.)

  5. Joshua Chesir
    April 3, 2018 at 9:48 am

    One of the hospitals had a nice breakfast and gave out a token gift (a car trunk organizer with the hospital’s logo). The other hospital (now owned by Montefiore) nada. My large group: an email, that’s it.

  6. Sir Hakum of Hugo
    April 2, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Our rural critical access hospital made posters with a basketball jersey with our names on it and a number “1”. Staff signed them (oversized card). Our staff is worked to death so they had little time to offer the medical staff of four physicians best wishes.

    I might get a paperweight from my health clinic employer like last year.

    Years ago, a previous hospital had a catered breakfast, neck and shoulder massages from the rehab department’s massage therapist, and PING branded wind breakers with the hospital logo.

  7. Perry
    April 1, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Got a thank you Email from the State Medical Board. Just underneath that was a note that physicians may now begin to apply for a certificate to recommend medical marijuana. Far out Dude!

  8. Russell
    April 1, 2018 at 5:06 am

    We got a nice luncheon, and a small portable USB phone charger.

  9. March 31, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    I’m 1/2-time in my DPC and 1/2-time employed by the local family medicine residency. Our local hospital recognizes us every year with a catered special meal in Doctor’s Dining and a gift ( a bbq set this year). The residency gives us a gift too. I guess we are still appreciated here.

  10. Pat
    March 31, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    As long as patients, hospitals, insurance companies, and the government coordinate and collude to force me to prove myself along the lines of MOC, yearly re-licensure, down-coding, quality markers, the threat of lawsuit, groundless complaints, and all the other bullshit and threats that outline and define this profession, expressions of false gratitude only leave me angrier. Due respect, but I don’t buy superfluous expressions of “Happy Doctor’s Day (sucker)”. Just make sure the check is signed.

  11. Barbara Phillips MD
    March 31, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Got emails from the AAFP, the state medical society, the county medical society, the hospital CEO, and my sister (a psychiatrist). The hospital (non-profit acquired by for-profit parent) just reinstated Doctors’ Day event with fancy reception and awards/recognition of colleagues’ milestones

  12. Lyle Onstad
    March 31, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Our group is independent. Our staff brought a nice breakfast potluck which was delicious. The local hospital sent us a card indicating that they had donated money to a local food bank on our behalf so essentially they gave Themselves a tax deduction to recognize us for doctors day!

  13. Soccerdoc11
    March 31, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    My sister who is an OT sent me an email. FYI National OT MONTH starts tomorrow????

  14. Steve O'
    March 31, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Our NP (whom Corporate has been leaning on for diminished productivity) came by and said thanks and happy doctor’s day.

  15. Kate A.
    March 31, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Locum companies I work with, and local clinical society sent small gifts and cards. I did feel appreciated. Hospital offered free breakfast – I did not go, since my ED shift ended much earlier before breakfast posted time.

  16. SP
    March 31, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    My husband and I are independent. No one at work knew. My husband got a “sincere” email from Healthgrades and a discount from a medical text book company… I posted on Facebook and other doctors acknowledged that day. That’s about it.

  17. Mamadoc
    March 31, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Independent thank goodness. Our nurse practioner, our state medical association and our EMR company all sent email greetings. The hospital (you know, the one that admits most of our patients and gets most of our imaging business) ….othing but crickets. And they by golly well have my email.

  18. Judy Harvey
    March 31, 2018 at 11:21 am

    My corporate office arranged for appetizers and booze after work. I didn’t go. The hospital put a popcorn machine with rancid oil in the doctor’s lounge for a treat. I felt special

  19. Deb
    March 31, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Self employed but admitting privileges at local hospital. Bought myself a latte and chocolate croissant but crickets from the hospital this year!

  20. Jennifer Hollywood
    March 31, 2018 at 10:32 am

    I’m an independent community doctor in a small town with one hospital. I don’t admit but they get all my business. I got a card in the mail with a small note and a coupon for a free car wash.

    • wolfie
      March 31, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Hey, I got a free car wash TOO!!!
      …but from another network, not my employer
      My reward was another day on the assembly line chained to the computer
      Gotta go now….charts to finish

  21. LS
    March 31, 2018 at 10:27 am

    (Sorry about previous post- hit wrong button on my phone)

  22. Cat Tavani MD
    March 31, 2018 at 10:22 am

    It used to be a carnation or a pin.
    Now, it was an email offering fruit in the physisicians’ lounge ( I don’t use that lounge as I own my own offices in the attached Drs’ office building).
    Two of my RN friends wished me Happy Doctors Day.
    So At least it wasn’t totally ignored.

  23. March 31, 2018 at 10:16 am

    We’re one of the last private family practices in the area, and the only one still seeing patients in the hospital. A couple nurses and support staff said “Happy Doctor’s Day.” But I always feel appreciated by them, I think because we still do care for and more importantly about our patients. Nothing from the administration, of course, but I am kind of a burr under their saddle.

  24. GovtEmployee
    March 31, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I got an email that was in a package with 3 other nasty insulting administrative emails.

  25. Steve
    March 31, 2018 at 9:48 am

    We were allowed the opportunity to walk half way across the hospital ( I’m an ER doc, so leaving duties) for a FREE SMALL Coffee.
    Yeah. Appreciation?

  26. William E. Green III MD
    March 31, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Just two emails- one from the AMA for “Happy Doctors Day” (along with an invitation to renew my membership as I dropped them- worthless organization!), another from my state medical society. That’s it, nothing else.

  27. Soccerdoc11
    March 31, 2018 at 9:22 am

    A card from my hospital donating to a substance abuse organization.

  28. March 31, 2018 at 8:19 am

    I’m the employer, so didn’t answer the survey. But my medical assistant brought me coffee, banana nut bread, an orchid, and a hug!

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