Camp One Step Celebrates National Doctors’ Day
Written by Susie Burke, Medical Director, Camp One Step
What is National Doctors’ Day? Most of the doctor’s that I have worked with over my many years of practice often don’t even know that there is a Doctors’ Day. I personally believe that this is because they are very humble and they do what they do every day out of love for their work, without expectations of being recognized or celebrated. It is their passion to help others – it is their commitment and dedication to improving the health care of all of us that fuels their fire every single day.
For many years, I was not aware that March 30th was Doctors’ Day. As with any holiday, many companies have contributed to the commercialism of this day, but thankfully, they have also brought this important holiday to the forefront of our thinking. All of us, in some way or another, want to be recognized and appreciated – it is part of our human nature. National Doctors’ Day provides that opportunity for us to recognize the extremely important work that doctors do – it is a day to recognize the selfless contributions of so many who contribute to improving the health and well-being of our nation – individuals who work so diligently to prevent illness and strive for health, fighting for cures through research, promoting quality care in their daily practice, preventing pain and suffering, and working in partnership with all of us to ensure that we live the highest quality of life possible.
The History of National Doctors’ Day
So let me provide a little history behind this day of celebration. Doctors’ Day dates back to the early 1930s when the idea for this celebration was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a Georgia physician. March 30th was selected as it recognized the anniversary of the introduction of surgical anesthesia, a significant milestone in the prevention of pain and suffering. Following her efforts, on March 30th, 1958, the United States House of Representatives adopted the “Resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day”. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctors’ Day. Overwhelming approval was obtained in Congress, so on October 30th, 1990, George H. W. Bush signed S.J. RES #366 designating March 30th as National Doctors’ Day.
At Camp One Step
All of us at Camp One Step are incredibly grateful to the many physicians who volunteer to support our camping programs throughout the year. We are fortunate to have attending physicians as well as physicians in training attend our programs. Many of our doctors have specialty training in pediatrics, oncology, emergency room and sports medicine – their diverse backgrounds enhance the care that we provide. Our camp physicians bring significant knowledge, talent, and skill to the medical team. They are true partners with their nursing colleagues, always ensuring that the medical needs of the campers are met, and that the kids remain safe while having fun. Our doctors love to teach, sharing their knowledge with the nurses, and in turn, we find that they are often eager to learn about the things nurses do, such as running a feeding pump for a child overnight. They are always available to participate in the day to day medical care, and stay calm under pressure if an emergent issue arises. Parents are comforted knowing that physicians are participating in the programs and sleep better while their child is away from home. Our campers love seeing their favorite physician step back from the “very serious” hospital scene and actually have a little fun.
Not only do we have physicians attending our programs but some also participate as members of our organization’s medical committee, while others are members of the Board of Directors. Whatever the role, we recognize the sacrifice of time – we know that you are taking time away from your personal and professional lives to be with us and for that we are truly grateful. I personally believe that our camp physicians are the most amazing people, and we could not do this without them.
A Shout Out & Thank You
We also want to give a big shout-out to the many physicians who encourage and support their patients to attend Camp One Step’s programs. We know that you have witnessed firsthand the many benefits of camp when your patients return home. We rely on you to help us spread the word about camp. We would also like to thank you for all of the physical exam forms that you complete for us – the information you provide is invaluable.
So on behalf of everyone at Camp One Step, we hope all of our physicians had a very Happy Doctors’ Day. You are so important to us that we would like to declare that Doctors’ Day is a year-long celebration.