On March 30, SMA will celebrate National Doctors’ Day in honor of its physician members throughout the United States. Test your knowledge of the origin of National Doctors' Day with these fascinating facts:
- The first Doctors' Day observance was held on March 30, 1933, by the Barrow County Medical Auxiliary, in Winder, Georgia. The idea was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond.
- The date for the first Doctors’ Day recognition was selected as the anniversary of the first administration of anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long on March 30, 1842.
- A resolution was introduced to the SMA Alliance at its 29th annual meeting in 1935. Since then, Doctors' Day has become an integral part of, and synonymous with, the SMA and its Alliance.
- Through the pursuits of the SMA Alliance, in 1990 legislation was introduced to the House and Senate by Congressmen Mike Parker (D-MS) and G. V. Montgomery (D-MS) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) to establish a national Doctors' Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30 as "National Doctors' Day".
- The symbol of Doctors' Day is the red carnation.