This March 30th, Epiphany Cardio invites you to join us in observance of National Doctor’s Day, 2013. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Thank You,” and we hope you will take the time to show your appreciation for the efforts of physicians in your community and across the country for the time and effort they have dedicated to the health and well-being of America over the past year.
What is National Doctors’ Day?
Doctors’ Day originated in Winder, Georgia on March 30, 1933 when Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a doctor, decided to set aside a day for the honoring of physicians. Many people honored their doctors with greeting cards or placed flowers at the resting places of deceased doctors to show their appreciation for those who devoted themselves to the health of their communities.
In 1990, both the House of Representatives and the Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation designating March 30 as National Doctors’ Day. President George Bush signed the resolution, and in a statement, the president encouraged the honoring of groundbreaking physicians of the past, as well as those who “carry on the quiet work of healing each day in communities throughout the United States—indeed, throughout the world.”
How to Observe National Doctors’ Day
There a number of ways you can observe National Doctors’ Day, here are a few ideas:
Just say thank you: The simplest way to honor the physicians in your life falls right in line with this year’s theme of “Thank You.” Simply send a card or email expressing thanks and appreciation the doctors in your life.
Flowers: Send your doctor flowers, or in the tradition of the first doctors’ day, you may want to place flowers at the grave of a doctor who has passed away. The red carnation has long been associated with National Doctors’ Day.
National Doctors’ Day Merchandise: There are a number of websites offering merchandise specific to National Doctors’ Day. Some items you might find include specialized greeting cards, lapel pins, and National Doctors’ Day t-shirts.
Spread The Word: Share the news about National Doctors’ Day with friends, family and co-workers. Greater awareness equals greater participation. Sharing news articles or blog posts (such as this one) on social media platforms is a particularly effective way to get the word out. The more doctors we can honor this Saturday the better!
Epiphany recognizes our nation’s physicians for their dedication to the treatment and prevention of illness and injury as well as the contributions they make to the study of medicine. All of us have had our lives touched or improved by a doctor, be it through treatment, care, or medical advancements. This March 30, please remember to join us as we say “Thank You” in observance of National Doctors’ Day.