March 30 marks an important occasion in the world of health care—National Doctors' Day. This annual observance serves as a moment to honor the dedication, skill and unwavering commitment of physicians in providing high-quality health care to individuals and communities worldwide.
National Doctors' Day has a rich history dating back to 1933 when Charles B. Almond, MD, initiated the first celebration in Winder, Georgia. Since then, it has grown into a national event recognized and celebrated by health care organizations and institutions across the United States.
Physicians play a pivotal role in safeguarding and improving the well-being of patients. Their extensive education, training and expertise are essential in diagnosing and treating a vast array of medical conditions. Beyond their clinical roles, doctors contribute significantly to medical research, innovation and the continuous improvement of health care practices.
This day offers an opportunity for health care institutions and patients to express their gratitude and appreciation for the tireless efforts of physicians.
Related AMA resources
- On National Doctors’ Day, saying thanks is just the start
- Watch this AMA Update episode: Reducing burnout and mental health stigma for physicians with Nigel Girgrah, MD, PhD
- Learn more about AMA membership: 6 reasons to join the AMA.