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National Doctors' Day is March 30

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Doctor's Day Resources

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Looking for ways to say thanks? Visit our Doctors' Day thank you page for poems and other materials as well as suggestions for how to express your gratitude.

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Why order from the SMA Alliance?

Doctors’ Day means more to us than it does to some who just see it as just another holiday and money making opportunity.

Funds are used to support community education and projects on Doctors’ Day, Medical Heritage and Health Education including, Breast Cancer, Heart Health for Women and Osteoporosis Awareness.

We were instrumental in getting Doctors' Day recognized as a national holiday.

SMA Alliance Presidents, Roberta Barnett (Jim) and Janet Campbell (A. J.), spearheaded the push by Alliance’s across the country to create a national holiday recognizing and celebrating physicians. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30 as "National Doctors' Day.”

When is Doctors' Day ?

National Doctors' Day is observed on March 30.

Why is Doctors' Day observed on March 30?

The first Doctors' Day observance was held on March 30, 1933, by the Barrow County Alliance, in Winder, Georgia. The idea of setting aside a day to honor physicians was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, and the recognition occurred on the anniversary of the first administration of anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long in Jefferson, Georgia, in 1842.

History of National Doctors' Day

The first Doctors' Day observance was held on March 30, 1933, by the Barrow County Alliance, in Winder, Georgia. The idea of setting aside a day to honor physicians was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, and the recognition occurred on the anniversary of the first administration of anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long in Jefferson, Georgia, in 1842. The Alliance immediately adopted the following resolution:

"WHEREAS the Alliance to the Barrow County Medical Society wishes to pay lasting tribute to the Doctors, therefore, be it RESOLVED by the Alliance to the Barrow County Medical that March 30, the day that famous Georgian Dr. Crawford W. Long first used ether anesthesia in surgery, be adopted as "Doctors' Day," the object to be the well-being and honor of the profession, its observance demanding some act of kindness, gift or tribute in remembrance of the Doctors."

This first observance included the mailing of cards to the physicians and their wives, flowers placed on graves of deceased doctors, including Dr. Long, and a formal dinner in the home of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Randolph. After the Barrow County Alliance adopted Mrs. Almond's resolution to pay tribute to the doctors, the plan was presented to the Georgia State Medical Alliance in 1933 by Mrs. E. R. Harris of Winder, president of the Barrow County Alliance. On May 10, 1934, the resolution was adopted at the annual state meeting in Augusta, Georgia. The resolution was introduced to the Women's Alliance of the Southern Medical Association at its 29th annual meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri, November 19-22, 1935, by the Alliance president, Mrs. J. Bonar White. Since then, Doctors' Day has become an integral part of and synonymous with, the Southern Medical Association Alliance. Through the years the red carnation has been used as the symbol of Doctors' Day. The analogy of the carnation is closely woven in medical science, so it is only fitting that this flower, so tailored by nature for masculine use with its spicy scent, was chosen as the symbol of Doctor's Day. The flower - its meaning: Divine-Rejoicing-being said to have appeared on earth for the first time when Christ was born. Crown-coronation-denotes honorary distinction. Its spicy fragrance was used in seasoning dishes "to preserve the body of men, both in mind and spirit." From the juice of its petals a wine was made "that did comfort the heart of man."

On March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors' Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. On August 1, 1989, the SMA Alliance, under the direction of President Mrs. David Thibodeaux, dedicated a bronze marker honoring Mrs. Almond on the grounds of the Court House in Winder, Georgia. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate by Congressmen Mike Parker (D-Mississippi) and G. V. Montgomery (D-Mississippi) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) 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 Bush signed S.J. RES. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30 as "National Doctors' Day":

WHEREAS society owes a debt of gratitude to physicians for the contributions of physicians in enlarging the reservoir of scientific knowledge increasing the number of scientific tools, and expanding the ability of health professionals to use the knowledge and tools effectively in the never ending fight against disease and,

WHEREAS society owes a debt of gratitude to physicians for the sympathy and compassion of physicians in ministering to the sick and in alleviating human suffering: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That;

  1. March 30, 1991, is designated as "National Doctors' Day"; and
  2. the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.

This was the culmination of the efforts of auxilians across the country, led by SMAA Presidents, Mrs. A. J. Campbell and Mrs. Jim Barnett. The enactment of this law enables the citizens of the United States to publicly show appreciation for the role of physicians in caring for the sick, advancing medical knowledge, and promoting good health.

How do you celebrate Doctors' Day?

We want to know how you celebrate Doctors' Day, so we can share with others who are looking for great ideas.

Your photos and videos will be highlighted on our Doctors’ Day Facebook page. Be sure and include the name and location of your event.

Support Young Physicians

SMA members support excellence in science & education through the Research & Education Endowment Fund, started in 1986 to provide financial aid to medical students, residents, and physicians in training.

Help make a difference, in honor of Doctors' Day, make a donation to Southern Medical Association's Research & Education Endowment Fund.

Happy National Doctors' Day!

Thank you for the hard work, stress and sleepless nights you've endured...
For the compassion, concern and kindness you've shown...
And for all the obstacles you've had to overcome in the never-ending fight against disease.

A Toast To Doctors

Thank you for your countless hours,
For all the care you've shown,
For reassuring ailing patients
In your clear and gentle tone.

We appreciate the time you give.
We know it can be rough.
Mornings after sleepless nights
Are always pretty rough.

But somehow, you power through.
You soldier on, unfazed,
And so we take this opportunity
To toast you, glasses raised.

Your compassion is unparalleled.
Your kindness is unmatched.
You never let a patient go
'Til they're mended and well-patched.

We marvel at your dedication,
At your compassion and commitment.
Your professionalism and responsibility
Is nothing short of brilliant.

You heal wounds and trauma.
You soothe sore aches and pains.
You show up, day after day,
Ignoring all the strain.

Your sacrifice is inspiring.
Is there anything you can't do?
You live for others, laboring,
Without ever a thought of you.

We're so grateful for your spirit,
For the time that you invest.
Selflessly, you work so hard,
With hardly time for rest.

We want to express our gratitude.
It's not something we often say,
But we want you to know our appreciation.

Happy Doctors’ Day!

Doctors' Day: In Appreciation

D       is Dedication, working all night through,

O       is Our appreciation, for everything you do

C        for Comforting assurance, even with a bad report

T        Today and tomorrow, with guidance and support

O       Offering a steady hand, with occasional vaccines

R       Rarely are you thanked for how much your hard work means

S        Sometimes we cannot tell you and perhaps you’d never ask

D       because D’s also for Discretion, which you bring to every task

A        you’re Always at the ready and your impact is profound

Y        Yes, let’s join to offer thanks… that we all have YOU around!

Happy Doctors’ Day!

To A Real Life Hero

There is a hero lurking in the deepest, darkest night.
A hero whose work is always shining bright.
A hero filled with concern, compassion, and care.
A hero that, when needed, will always be there.

There is always something around putting up a good fight.
This hero will always do their best to do what is right.
It doesn't matter the person, the time, or the circumstance.
This hero works to help someone feel better – even if it's half a chance.

They might look into your eyes or peek into an ear.
They might press down on something and say, “Is there any pain near?”
They might give you something to fix everything.
They might also say you're just fine and don't need anything.

So who is this hero, many may ask?
Who could ever fulfill such a task?

You see, this hero walks amongst us every day.
We don't see them unless we need them in some way.
Who is this hero who deserves such a large shrine?
It's your community doctor who works hard to make everyone feel fine.

Taking a gamble with one's health is a bad idea indeed.
The best doctors will always be there in a time of need.
When you're feeling down and your face is wearing a frown,
then it's time to call your hero living in your hometown.

Doctors matter more than most folks will ever know.
And it's not because they can help a lifespan grow.
Doctors are heroes because they'll do more than get you back on your feet.
They are there so any disease has a chance to be beat.

Despite great adversity, a doctor is always kind.
They keep their humor when most others would lose their mind.
It might be an appointment or it might be an emergency.
A great doctor treats the issue, no matter what the level of urgency.

Doctors’ Day is just one way to celebrate this hero.
This professional hero who makes a disease feel like a zero.
It's a day to say “Thank You” for all that they do.
Thanks for the hero that is waiting right now to help me and you.

So here's a note to my doctor on this extra special day.
Thanks for helping me feel better in each and every way.
Your work has helped me feel like myself more often than not.

That's why you're my hero – because you always give me everything you've got.

Happy Doctors' Day

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