March 30 is recognized as National Doctors’ Day in the U.S. Several sources have the first observance dating back to the 1930s, but it wasn’t until years later that March 30 officially became National Doctors’ Day.
In 1991, President George Bush signed a resolution proclaiming March 30 as National Doctors’ Day. He began his proclamation by saying:
“More than the application of science and technology, medicine is a special calling, and those who have chosen this vocation in order to serve their fellowman understand the tremendous responsibility it entails.”
Twenty years later, the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) echoes the sentiment delivered that day. As Ohio’s largest and oldest statewide physician organization, the OSMA has been working for doctors and our patients since 1846.
As physicians, our role is first and foremost to provide high quality care to our patients. Recently, the OSMA released a study prepared for the American Medical Association (AMA) by The Lewin Group that shows Ohio physicians contribute in other ways as well.
The report showed that office-based physicians contribute $33.9 billion in economic activity and support 139,373 jobs in Ohio. This report shows that the practice of medicine helps drive a large portion of Ohio’s economy.
While these numbers are quite compelling, physicians, like myself, and thousands of my colleagues around the state, truly take great pride in being able to care for our patients.
This National Doctors’ Day, the OSMA would like to thank physicians in Ohio and across the nation for your dedication to the medical profession and to patient care.
Richard R. Ellison, MD
Ohio State Medical Association
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