Jennifer N. Simpson
Doctor's Day and National Physicians Week Highlights
Happy Doctors Day and Happy National Physicians Week to physicians all over the world! Thank you for your selfless dedication to healthcare.
The first Doctor's Day observance was on March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia. Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians. This first observance included mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on the graves of deceased doctors. The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctor's Day.
Physicians Working Together founder, Dr. Kimberly Jackson took the initiative to extend the historic Doctors Day celebration from one day (March 30) to a full week in March 2016 and was accepted by the National Day Calendar in December 2016.
Consequently, National Physicians Week is now celebrated each year from March 25-31. The red carnation, which is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctor's Day, has been a gift to physicians during our annual physician appreciation dinner among other actions to show appreciation for their commitment, sacrifice, and service.
This year Dr. Jackson’s efforts were recognized by the mayor of Columbus, GA. She received a proclamation naming the first day of National Physicians Week (March 25) as Kimberly Funches Jackson, MD Day.
Her mission is to CONNECT, COLLABORATE, and CARE for physicians, medical students, and communities. Since 2015 the organization has worked to build an inclusive culture that bridges the gap in the relationship between current doctors and future physicians.
Physicians Working Together features an inclusive Medical Student Mentorship Program that educates and inspires future healthcare professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that they will need to overcome today’s challenges and embrace tomorrow’s trends.
Since 2019, PWT has awarded 4 medical students scholarships. Our goal is to dramatically increase our ability to support more medical students through our non-profit program. We can get there with your support! We are a team of physicians giving back today to impact the future of healthcare. Visit our website to learn more about how you can volunteer or contribute to our organization.