March 30th is National Doctor's Day!
Did you know there is a National Doctor’s Day? Yes, it’s for real and in the United States, it is a holiday which is celebrated annually on March 30th. National Doctor’s Day honors physicians for the work they do for their patients, their communities, and society as a whole. On National Doctors Day, we say “thank you” to our physicians for all that they do for us and our loved ones.
Healthcare today is more complex than ever. Even with more advancements, tools and information at their fingertips, doctors have an overwhelming job to diagnose and treat their patients, not to mention industry and legislative challenges affecting the way they practice medicine. This is the day to honor the men and women who care for us and our families 365 days a year.
The first observance of Doctors Day was held in Winder, Georgia on March 30, 1933. Dr. Charles B. Almond’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond, wanted to have a day to honor physicians. The first Doctors Day was acknowledged by mailing greeting cards and flowers. Often, red carnations were used and to this day are still the flower for National Doctors Day. These flowers were symbolically placed on the graves of deceased doctors. In 1991, 58 years later, National Doctors Day was proclaimed by President George W. Bush.
We here at the Clark County Medical Society are grateful for all you do, day in and day out. It is our job to ensure your rights are protected and you have the opportunity to build your professional community to be strong and vibrant and ensure the next generation pf physicians have the rights and opportunities you had. On March 30 and every day, we salute you and your efforts to ensure the health of our community.
As the month progresses you will see our efforts to spread the word on National Physician Day, and we hope you will join us sharing this message. We encourage you to share on your websites, post signage in your office and promote via your social media channels. We will be asking the public and our partners to take the time to thank our local physicians.
This past month, we have much to be thank you for. Thank you to those who spent the day with us in Carson City for NV Physician’s Day at the Legislature, and to those who made it to the town hall we co-sponsored with the Las Vegas Medical District. More to come on that in next month’s issue!
If you haven’t already signed up for the CCMS “Wear the White Coat” adult mini-internship, please do so ASAP—your involvement helps business and community leaders experience a “day-in-the-life” of a practicing physician enabling them to make business and legislative decision with you in mind. Help us build a bridge and show our communities business and advocacy leaders what it really means to be a doctor and care for your community. Applications can be found on page 21.
Last but not least, if you really want to thank a doctor, then make plans to join the Clark County Medical Society on Saturday, June 1st at our Installation Dinner and Awards Ceremony when we thank Dr. Jeffrey Roth for his tremendous service and leadership over the past year as CCMS President, welcome our incoming president Dr. Daniel Burkhead, and bestow the highest honor on Dr. George Alexander as this year 2019 Feikes Award winner. Sponsorships, Tables, tickets and program/tribute journal ads are available. You won’t want to miss this special event. See page
Happy National Physicians Day and as always, with gratitude and respect,
Alexandra P. Silver
Clark County Medical Society
Alexandra P. Silver is the Executive Director of the Clark County Medical Society and can be reached at Alexandra.Silver@clarkcountymedical.org or 702-739-9989 ext. 101