Hey Doc, You Rock!

The Utah Medical Association (UMA) encourages everyone in the state to recognize their physicians during this year's National Doctors Day, held annually on March 30th. The special day provides a reason to reflect on the dedication of hard-working physicians as they care for the sick and injured each day. Many hospitals, clinics and other health providers will be honoring their physicians with special activities to celebrate doctors on this day of appreciation.

Although Doctors Day has been observed since the 1930s, it was made official, as a national day of recognition in 1958, when the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating doctors. Then, in 1991, President George H.W. Bush signed a resolution into law that proclaimed the observance of a day honoring our country's physicians annually every March 30th.

"Common to the experience of each [physician], from the specialist in research to the general practitioner, is hard work, stress, and sacrifice," said President Bush in his proclamation. "All those Americans who serve as licensed physicians have engaged in years of study and training, often at great financial cost. Most endure long and unpredictable hours, and many must cope with the conflicting demands of work and family life."

During National Doctors Day, a message of thanks in person, via email, or by sending a card or flowers is common. For those sending flowers, a red carnation is typically used as the symbolic flower for the special day. You may also send a message of thanks to your doctor on the Utah Medical Association Facebook page.

Last reviewed November 28, 2023