Archives     Advertise     Editorial Calendar     Subscribe     Contact Us    


Celebrate Your Physician on National Doctors' Day


 
Dr. Matthew Mancini

Saturday, March 30 is National Doctor's Day, and the Tennessee Medical Association wants to acknowledge the physicians across the state for their contributions to their patients and their communities.

Much has changed since the first Doctors' Day observance in 1933 and even since it became official in 1990. We have had major medical breakthroughs and technological advances. The U.S. healthcare system now represents more than 18% of our nation's gross domestic product, and all stakeholders - from government agencies to insurance companies to technology innovators - are continually trying to figure out how to achieve the best possible care at the lowest possible cost.

What hasn't changed is that physicians are still on the front lines every day, leading the healthcare delivery teams that treat patients and their families when they are sick or injured and counseling patients on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

I became a surgeon because I wanted to give patients immediate relief from abdominal pain, and the sense of purpose that first inspired me to enroll in medical school still drives me in practice 20 years after I completed my residency training.

Most of the other doctors I know in TMA and through my professional network similarly consider our profession less of a job and more of a calling. The hours are long, the work is stressful and doctors often overextend ourselves trying to balance our professional and personal lives. Fortunately, there is an increasing awareness of how this overextension leads to alarming rates of physician burnout, and the medical community is doing more to help our colleagues avoid or manage substance abuse, disruptive behaviors and even suicide.

We recognize our privilege in serving others, and our unique responsibility to affect policies, rules and regulations through advocacy organizations like TMA. Our collective voice helps improve healthcare in Tennessee, and is often the only thing keeping government entities and insurance companies from implementing policies that adversely affect us and our patients.

We also know that good healthcare directly affects a community's economic status; Tennessee's physicians create more than 175,000 jobs and generate $29.1 billion in economic activity, according to a 2018 report released by TMA and the American Medical Association.

So, please take a few minutes to say "thank you" to the physicians in your community. Visit an office. Make a phone call. Send a card or an email.

It just might make your doctor's day.

- Dr. Matthew Mancini, 2018-19 President of TMA

 
Share:

Related Articles:


Recent Articles

New Study Looks at Cost Impact of OTC Birth Control

A new study explores the impact on unintended pregnancies, consistent use of progestin-only OTC birth control pills at various price points.

Read More

Behavioral Health in a Time of Social Isolation

Last month, the Nashville Health Care Council brought together experts for a virtual panel discussion on behavioral health in the midst of social distancing orders.

Read More

COVID-19 & Mental Health

As the virus takes its toll, providers are finding new ways to reach patients and preparing for the mental health fallout ahead.

Read More

Self-Care on the Front Lines of Coronavirus

Physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and the full complement of support staff at hospitals and clinics are battling coronavirus on the front lines. When caring for others, it's all too easy to forget to take care of yourself.

Read More

Sharing Best Practices in Behavioral Health

Nashville-based online video service provides evidence-based training to public and providers.

Read More

May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month with excellent resources from national organizations for both patients and providers.

Read More

Business Insights

Read More

Celebrating 15 Years of Incredible Leaders

Following are the 15 classes of Women to Watch. Some of these trailblazers have happily retired after a career of service. Others have moved to other positions and taken up new challenges since they were first recognized.

Read More

New Study Looks at Cost Impact of OTC Birth Control

A new study explores the impact on unintended pregnancies, consistent use of progestin-only OTC birth control pills at various price points.

Read More

AHA Releases Scientific Statement on CAD with Type 2 Diabetes

A new AHA scientific statement explores more aggressive clinical options for the patient-centered management of individuals with both type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease.

Read More

Email Print
 
 

 

 


Tags:
None
Powered by Bondware
News Publishing Software

The browser you are using is outdated!

You may not be getting all you can out of your browsing experience
and may be open to security risks!

Consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser or choose on below: