Happy Doctor’s Day 2020!

Every year I try to make a point to wish every physician a Happy Doctor’s Day! Maybe this year is the most important one as doctors around the world are now putting their lives on the line due to COVID-19.

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 12 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.

Fifty doctors have died in Italy so far due to the coronavirus. Doctors are coming out of retirement to put their lives on the line to help out. Why? Because we took an oath to help people. But prior to COVID-19 surveys continued to show that doctors want to quit or retire.  They also showed doctors would not recommend this profession to others. How sad is that?

This needs to change, especially now.

During this pandemic, we keep hearing that doctors who speak out are being punished or fired. We hear about doctors being furloughed or docked pay yet administrators stay at home knowing that their salaries are safe. We hear that NPs are being offered large amounts to come to cities that are being overwhelmed yet doctors are doctors in those same places are being taken for granted.

If we don’t stick up for ourselves then who will? May hospitals disrespect us, and this day, so much that they will lump you in with NPs and PAs and call it a “provider day”. It is not. THIS IS DOCTOR’S DAY!

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!

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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] 

  4 comments for “Happy Doctor’s Day 2020!

  1. Joe Smegma
    April 1, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Happy Doctors day brother! We are a band of brothers and sisters that have paid the price and understand the sacrifices necessary for clinical competency. Nobody understands the issues confronting primary care, and the solutions necessary to right the ship, better than primary care physicians. We are the solution to many of our nations health care problems and deficiencies. Happy Doctor’s day brother!!!

  2. Ellen Kagan
    March 30, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you for this. My doctors are the best and I appreciate them so much. I have sent this to all of them and to the doctors in my family, who are heroes now and every day.

  3. Diane Winningham
    March 30, 2020 at 11:49 am

    What a tragedy to take our doctors for granted. These persons have given the prime years of their lives to prepare to take care of those who present with illnesses. They work long hours and put themselves at risk to provide care to those who are sick. Lets not forget, for the most part, doctors have families who love them and pray for their safety every day. These families also sacrifice the absence of their family member often times when that family member is so very much needed in a home situation. So lets bring back the days when doctors were appreciated and given the respect they so deserve.

  4. Rick
    March 30, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Oh Doug, I never thought of a looming conversion to “Providers Day”.
    Dear God…

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