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A message of thanks on Doctors' Day!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: DCMS
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A message of thanks from DCMS President, Dr. Sunil Joshi:

Dear Colleagues,

This is a special day on the calendar. In 1990, the United States Congress passed a resolution that the President signed to make March 30th Doctors’ Day. It is a day for us, as physicians, to take a few minutes to recognize what each of us does on a day-to-day basis. I know that there are many who feel that doctors don’t really need any extra attention or recognition. Well, these people are wrong! 

Physicians go into medicine with the altruistic ideal of not only benefiting each individual patient, but also improving the health of the larger community in which they live. After years of undergraduate education, medical school and residency training, the young physician is well prepared to communicate, evaluate, diagnose and manage many medical conditions. He/she does this while sacrificing the young adult years in medical training whereas his/her non-medical friends are starting families and earning a solid living.

Even after training, the burden of practicing medicine in the ever-changing health care environment is also challenging. It is the increased demand from insurance companies, changing government regulations, malpractice concerns and the hardship of medical school debt that generally makes it more difficult for the physician to enjoy doing his/her job.

Many doctors graduate with an average of $160,000 in medical school debt. They have to pay back their student loans at a time in their lives when they are usually starting families and getting their first job. So they are working to provide for their loved ones and to pay off tremendous debt at the same time they are in the office for 60 hours a week, if not more.

Despite all of this, medical schools receive more and more applications every year. Doctors come out of residency programs ready and excited to practice medicine. Physicians go to work every day and provide selfless, evidence-based, cost-effective, high-quality, patient-centric care to help improve the health of communities all across the great metropolitan Jacksonville area.

The greatest profession of mankind will continue to heal because of the men and women who choose to join it. This is why, my friends, I feel it is important for all of us to take a few minutes to recognize your accomplishments and those of your medical colleagues as well.

It is indeed a well-deserved day of recognition.

Happy Doctors’ Day!

Sunil Joshi, MD
President, Duval County Medical Society