ABPS Celebrates Doctors’ Day 2019
The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) urges all Americans to celebrate National Doctors’ Day this March 30th. It’s a day to honor the care physicians provide their patients and also serves as a reminder of the critical role physicians play in fostering the public’s health and well-being.
First observed in 1933, National Doctors’ Day marks the anniversary of the first use of ether anesthesia in 1842 by Dr. Crawford W. Long. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush officially made the anniversary a national day of celebration. The ABPS thinks the celebration is fitting. Every day across the country, physicians work tirelessly to treat our illnesses and injuries, deliver our babies, and help us stay as healthy as possible. If you know a doctor or have been treated kindly by one, please reach out and say thank you. The contributions that doctors make to society and our community deserve our immense gratitude.
The care and attention that these dedicated men and women provide patients is exemplified by Marvin Singh, MD, a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Medicine® (ABOIM®), a Member Board of the ABPS. “Sometimes I feel like the most important part of a visit is in the small talk, in establishing a rapport with the patient,” he said. “There have been a number of times in my personal experience when no specific plan for testing is made and no specific change in medications are made, yet the patient felt better, was happier, and more motivated to make change just by being present for the visit itself.”
Dr. Singh, an integrative gastroenterologist, believes that when patients have an added level of trust in their physician, the opportunity to heal is improved and communication is more succinct. “We are not just doctors or physicians,” he said. “We are also healers. Human beings are social animals and sometimes all someone needs is an ear to listen to them and an arm to lean on. As healers, we have the unique opportunity to help those in need, no matter what the problem may be.”
As a nationally recognized, multi-specialty, physician-certifying body, the ABPS is proud to have a community of Diplomates who strive to remain updated about new and effective techniques and treatment methods and who have dedicated their lives to providing exceptional medical care to their communities.
To learn more about the ABPS and our unwavering commitment to improving the nation’s medical care, contact us today.