Celebrate National Doctors Day on March 30th!

National Doctors Day takes place every year on March 30th. It was first celebrated in 1933, and marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. It became a nationally recognized holiday in 1991.

As a rheumatology practice, this holiday is a great opportunity to recognize your hard-working doctors and highlight all they do for your patients and community. Your celebrations don’t have to be complex or time-consuming, either. With a little forethought, you can make this day memorable and fun while still getting work done! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Make sure everyone knows about the holiday.

Send out an email to all staff (minus the doctors, of course) reminding them of this upcoming holiday. Let them know what events will be going on, and where the group card is hidden, so they can sign it. This will also give them time to make their own plans, if they’d like to surprise a certain doctor on their own.

Host a Doctors Day lunch or afternoon social.

Everyone loves free food! Make sure you offer some healthy options (this is a medical practice, after all) but include a few sweet treats, too. Top if off with cold drinks and a pot of coffee, and your staff will enjoy an hour of socialization and camaraderie for a good cause.

Write a blog post or editorial about your doctors.

Spread the word about National Doctors Day by writing a blog post about your amazing doctors! If you have enough lead time, you can also write an opt-ed for the local paper. They usually welcome local interest pieces and commentary from community members. This is a great opportunity to boast about your doctors (and get your practice some free advertising at the same time!).

Give your doctors a treat!

A great way to show your doctors how much you appreciate them is by giving them a gift. Accept donations from the rest of your practice and then use the funds to buy flowers, chocolate, a massage, or some other nice indulgence. Make it personal and specific to everyone, so they know you put thought into it. (Plus you can remind your doctors of your kindness and generosity when National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week rolls around in November!)

Hopefully this post has given you some great ideas for National Doctors Day! Now, go forth and celebrate!

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