Once a year, we have an opportunity to recognize and celebrate all the important contributions physicians make to the health and well being of patients in their communities, and their leadership and advocacy to promote high quality care for patients.
This year, for the first time, the Canadian Medical Association officially declared May 1stas National Physicians’ Day which marks the birthday of Dr. Emily Stowe, the first female doctor to practice in Canada. The day allows for an opportunity to appreciate the dedicated and compassionate care that doctors provide, often putting patients ahead of themselves, their families and other commitments.
Doctors are dedicated clinicians, scientists, researchers and educators. Innovating not only new drugs and technologies, but also working to find new and better ways of delivering healthcare, doctors tirelessly strive to provide exceptional care to all patients including an aging population presenting with increasingly complex healthcare needs in a system strained with limited resources and funding. They play leadership roles as administrators and are politically engaged to advocate for shorter wait times so that patients may get the medical attention and care that they desperately need.
If you feel that your doctor has made a positive impact on your life, this Doctors Day, take a moment to recognize and celebrate their professional commitment and personal sacrifices. Consider showing your appreciation by using #DoctorsDay and #LoveMyMD on social media. Also, throughout the month of May, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) wants to hear how your doctor has made a difference in your life or community, and would also like to hear from you if you have a defining moment in your relationship with your doctor. Please visit the OMA website www.ontariosdoctors.com/doctorsday for more information.
Rohit Kumar MD, FRCP(C)
Anesthesiologist – Trillium Health Partners
Vice President – THP Professional Staff Association
Member at Large – Ontario’s Anesthesiologists Executive
Delegate – OMA District 5
Lecturer – University of Toronto