Happy Doctor’s Day 2019

Every year I try to make a point to wish every physician a 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 for the last ten years. 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. But, unfortunately, people forget about us.

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.

Surveys continue to show that doctors want to quit or retire.  They also would not recommend this profession to others. How sad is that?

Now why did my wife give me a handwritten Doctor’s Day card in the picture above? Because there is none out there to buy!! Here is a picture from one place:

This one is for nurses
This one is for administrators

It may be tough to see but all these cards are for nurses and administrators. Administrators!! Speaking of which, here is one hospital celebrating Doctor’s Day by including NP and PAs, as if they should be all grouped together.

At least they recognized the doctors and gave them a breakfast but it’s disrespectful and devaluing for us to put non doctors in the same group.

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

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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] 

  10 comments for “Happy Doctor’s Day 2019

  1. Frank Rubino MD
    April 6, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Our administration at Aspirus Hospital and Clinics in Wausau, Wisconsin provided all of us with a lunch consisting of, I am told, prime rib steaks and all the fixings. It was scheduled at noon on Friday. Of course all of us are seeing patients and working so we really did not have time to attend. I am sure the administrative physicians all attended. That’s nice….

  2. Judith Harvey
    April 6, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I’m surprised the card does not read ‘Happy Provider day! ‘

  3. mamadoc
    April 5, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    NPs and PAs? WTF? Mrs Almond is probably rotating genteelly in her grave.

  4. Lisa
    April 5, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Our hospital sponsored a happy hour from 6-8 pm to celebrated doctors day. Unfortunatly my hospitalist shift scheduled from 7 am to 7 pm characteristically actually lasted until 11 pm, so no celebration for me. Also don’t get paid for the extra 4 hours so too bad I missed that free drink.

    • James Tinsley
      April 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      Last year the Hampton VA celebrated Doctors day in the morning in the middle of patient care. And yes it included Physician Extenders. I called the POC and pointed out that’s when we are working. She said people were showing up. I said why aren’t they working I have a 3 month wait to see me and work 11-12 hour days. She got pissed and tried to justify her decision with administrative moronic gobbledygook. I quit the VA last December because I was tired of working for people dumber than I am.

      • S T E V E
        April 6, 2019 at 2:16 pm

        Then where are you going?

  5. S T E V E
    April 3, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    After screwing us all year, the Administrators sat around and decided how to mollify us.
    “I know, let’s give them a meal. Lunch or breakfast, but not both.”
    Isn’t that what the Mafia does before knocking you off?
    Thanks, Doug

  6. Sir Lance-a-lot
    March 30, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Yesterday I expressed to my partner-du-jour the hope that perhaps the three PAs would honor us on Doctor’s Day by seeing all of the patients, but alas it did not come to pass.

    Would’ve killed our RVUs anyway…

  7. Thomas David Guastavino
    March 30, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Perhaps doctors will be appreciated when they are all gone ?

    • PW
      March 30, 2019 at 10:58 am

      Probably not. There will be plenty of NPs and and PAs to take over. No disrespect to them, but the powers that be are happy with cheaper labor.

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