National Physicians Week sets out March 25 -31 to honor the healers dedicated to the art of medicine. We are reminded to take a moment to reflect on all the ways in which physicians make a difference in our lives and appreciate the doctors we know and work alongside.
The first Doctors’ Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia. This first observance included the mailing of cards to the physicians and their wives. In time, the US Congress passed a proclamation in 1990 to officially declare March 30th National Doctor’s Day. Later, Dr. Marion Mass along with Dr. Kimberly Jackson and Dr. Christina Lang applied to officially have physicians day changed to physicians week. This was accepted in March 2017.
Psychiatry is a specialty field that dates back to the late eighteenth century, but geriatric psychiatry is a very young sub-specialty by comparison, beginning in the mid-1970s. In 1978, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry was founded, and the first geropsychiatric hospital unit was opened up by pioneer Norman White, MD, in Rochester, New Hampshire in 1984.
Today, MedOptions employs 52 doctors who specialize in geriatric psychiatry. Our doctors hold various positions – most provide direct clinical services to residents and work as part of incredible clinical teams, and some also have important leadership positions in this organization. MedOptions is proud to have so many physicians with the passion and drive to work with this incredibly important, and fast-growing field.
Throughout the week, take the opportunity to show your support and appreciation for your physician or a fellow professional.
On behalf of the entire MedOptions team, we want to say a resounding Thank You to all of the doctors we employ, work with, and have the pleasure of knowing! Happy National Physicians Week!