TORONTO, MAY 1, 2019 - Every day, Ontario's 31,500 doctors provide high quality care to more than 300,000 patients. From operating rooms to patient's homes, and from busy clinics to emergency departments, Ontario's doctors put patients first and make a positive difference in their lives when it’s needed most.
Today and throughout the month of May, patients, health-care professionals, organizations and government leaders will recognize Doctors' Day by thanking doctors for their dedication to patient care. Doctors’ Day also celebrates retired doctors, and residents and medical students – the past and future generations whose service to the community is their life’s work.
To celebrate Doctors' Day, health clinics, hospitals, and other community organizations around the province are invited to recognize the physicians who have made a difference in their communities. During the month of May, Ontarians are also encouraged to thank doctors who have made a difference in their lives by posting on social media using the hashtag #DoctorsDay or by submitting their story online.
May 1st was recognized by the provincial government in 2011 as the official day of appreciation for Ontario's doctors. The date was chosen to mark the birthday of Canada's first female physician, Dr. Emily Stowe.
Fast facts about Ontario's doctors:
- There are 31,500 practicing physicians in Ontario, approximately 14,800 family physicians and 16,700 specialists
- Ontario’s doctors see over 300,000 patients every day
- There are 37 specialty areas of medicine, ranging from medical oncology to public health
- Number of years to complete medical education: eight to 12 years, plus ongoing mandatory continuing professional development
About the OMA
The Ontario Medical Association is a membership organization that represents the political, clinical and economic interests of doctors in Ontario. Our 41,000 members are practicing and retired doctors, residents and medical students.
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OMA Media Relations at 416.340.2862 or toll-free at 1.800.268.7215, ext. 2862