This year on National Doctor’s Day, we want to take the opportunity to celebrate the physicians who dedicate their lives to protecting the lives of their patients. 

While National Doctor’s Day was only recognized as an official holiday in the U.S. in 1991, its celebration dates back almost ninety years. Its first observance was on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia, when Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a local physician, began the tradition of expressing gratitude to doctors in her local community by sending them thank you cards.

Did you know? Eudora Almond chose March 30th to celebrate Doctor’s Day because it  marked the date of the first surgery ever performed with anesthetic.

In the decades since, people around the country and the globe—at least a dozen countries celebrate some version of National Doctor’s Day—dedicate the second to last day in March to honoring doctors in their communities.

Here are some of the reasons we appreciate the doctors in the Hayes Locums community:

They Put Their Patients First

One of the main reasons we hear from physicians for why they love locums work is that it gives them the flexibility to focus less on paperwork and more on the reason they got into medicine in the first place: taking care of patients. We are continuously inspired by the dedication with which our physicians show up for their patients, and it motivates us to show up for them in the same way. 

They Go Where They’re Needed

Our physicians are willing to go where they are most needed, from rural locations that lack providers, to trauma centers in cities in which they’ve never lived before. Their willingness to expand beyond their comfort zones to serve their patients galvanizes us to keep pushing past our own.

They Inspire Us With Their Resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded—and continues to demand—so much from doctors. But the physicians in our community continue to step up and provide care for their patients, time and time again. Their resilience continuously inspires our team to learn from their example.

We hope you join us in taking the time to thank the doctors in your life today—we recommend taking a page out of Eudora Almond’s book, and sending them a thank you note. And to all the physicians in our community: thank you for your service! We are so grateful for you.

If you’re a physician looking for new opportunities, take a look at our locums jobs list.