Next Wednesday is National Doctor’s Day. I admit I wouldn’t have known this except for the fact that our stethoscope lapel pins have been backordered since way early in the month and that seemed odd, so I did some digging. Turns out National Doctor’s day has been around for about 80 years but only became a nationally recognized day in 1990. And personally I can’t think of many occupations that deserve more thanks than doctors.
Back in the early days of our country, medicine was not the same carefully cultivated profession it is today. Before medical schools like Harvard and John Hopkins were established, most of America’s first doctors learned their trade apprenticing at the right hand of an established doctor who had come over from Europe, having gotten their degree in Edinburgh. But nowadays, doctors will train an average of 14 years before becoming independent physicians, and incur a staggering $170,000 in tuition costs. If that isn’t dedication and sacrifice, I do not know what is.
Despite the intensity of training now required for doctors, and the debt that is unavoidably accrued, America currently has well over 175,000 doctors of all specialties and practices. And almost all of us can count a doctor as being one of the very first people we ever meet when we came into this world. And from that moment on we depend upon them to keep us moving ahead, be that with vaccines, healing our superficial wounds, treating cancer and other deadly diseases, to helping us with the next generation of children. They’re an integral part of our American life.
So this coming National Doctor’s Day, March 30th, consider stopping by your local doctor’s office or hospital to thank the staff. Whether that’s with flowers, treats, lapel pins or a heartfelt card, I can guarantee they never get tired of knowing they’ve positively touched someone’s life. Because while we may count a bad day as one that consists of losing a big sale, or not landing that next project, theirs is literally life and death. And for that, they have my heartfelt, most genuine thanks.