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National Doctor Day

Celebrate National Doctor Day on March 30th! National Doctor Day was created to show appreciation to your doctors. Doctors perform vital diagnosis, treatment and care for yourself and your family. When you are well, your doctor keeps you well. When you are sick, there is no other person more important to you than your doctor. Read about the history of the day and also we've given you some great ideas on how to recognize!


National Doctor Day observances date back to March 30, 1933. It was started by Eudora Brown Almond of Winder, Georgia. The day marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. The first National Doctor Day was celebrated in 1991.

On March 30, 1958, the United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating National Doctor Day. In 1990, the congress and the senate approved legislation establishing National Doctor Day. The resolution designating March 30 as National Doctor Day was signed by President George Bush.

Recognition Ideas:
Even if National Doctor Day falls on a weekend, celebrate in the office on a different day. Don't be disappointed, you can use this date carry-over to your advantage. Surprise the doctors you’re recognizing by having someone get to the office early morning to place an impressive appreciation gift at their desks or workstations. That way, they will have a lovely surprise waiting for them when they get to work. This is a great way to being a genuine National Doctor Day celebration.

Make sure your National Doctor Day gift includes a Greeting Card or Notecard so the director or Nursing staff can leave a hand-written appreciation note for the Doctor. If the card is from the director or executive team, we recommend Greeting Cards; if the card is from the Doctor's nurse(s), we love the idea of having each Nurse write a short note of appreciation on a mini notecard. This way, the Doctor will have multiple cards to open and feel all the more appreciated with the kind words they receive.

After the National Doctor Day morning kick-off, we recommend a gift or gift card tailored to the Doctor's interest, like golf, movie-watching, bowling, fly fishing, cars, etc. End the day with a sweet sendoff rooted in appreciation, like a cake or homemade cookies and candy – I've never been to a Doctor's office or Hospital Nurses Station where food gifts aren't a hit and appreciated by all!


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