Ontario children tell us why their ‘doc rocks’ to celebrate Doctors’ Day
Toronto, ON, May 1, 2016 - Every day, Ontario’s 29,000 doctors put patients first. From hospitals to long-term care homes, and from clinics to patient’s homes...
Ontario children tell us why their ‘doc rocks’ to celebrate Doctors’ Day
Toronto, ON, May 1, 2016 - Every day, Ontario’s 29,000 doctors put patients first. From hospitals to long-term care homes, and from clinics to patient’s homes...
April 30, 2016

Toronto, ON, May 1, 2016 - Every day, Ontario’s 29,000 doctors put patients first. From hospitals to long-term care homes, and from clinics to patient’s homes, Ontario’s doctors make a positive difference in the lives of their patients by providing high-quality care 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.

To recognize the contribution of Ontario’s physicians, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) asked elementary school age children and pediatric patients to share why their “doc rocks.” Hundreds of children from across the province participated in this year’s Doctors’ Day campaign by colouring a “My doc rocks because…” poster and adding a personalized message.

Children wrote “My doc rocks because...

  • he fixed my sister.”
  • they help people with cancer.”
  • he says I have alligators in my ears.”
  • she gave my brother stitches.”
  • he saves my life.”

“Doctors are committed to providing high quality care and are inspired by the bravery and strength of their patients – especially children. That is why we want to give our youngest patients the opportunity to share their thoughts on the special relationship they have with their doctor,” said OMA President Dr. Virginia Walley.

Ontario’s doctors have a long history of advocating for the health and well-being of their patients and the communities in which they practice. Every day, more than 320,000 Ontarians are treated and cared for by the physicians in the province.

“I know I speak on behalf of my colleagues when I say it is a great privilege to serve the patients of this great province. Today is an opportunity when I, alongside patients, thank each and every one of Ontario’s doctors for their commitment to patient care each and every day,” said Dr. Walley.

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 a doctor that has made a difference in their lives by posting on social media using the hashtag #DocsRock2016.

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:

  • Number of practising physicians in Ontario: approximately 28,000
  • Number of specialists: 15,500
  • Number of general practitioners: 13,500
  • Number of specialty areas of medicine: 37 ranging from medical oncology to public health
  • Number of first year students enrolled in medical school in Ontario: 1,000
  • Number of years to complete medical education: 8-12 years, plus ongoing, mandatory continuing professional development
  • Number of patients seen each day: approximately 320,000
  • Number of patients seen in Emergency Departments each year: approximately 5.9 million
  • Average hours of work (excluding on-call): 50 hours/week

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The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents more than 34,000 physicians and medical students across the province. Ontario’s doctors work closely with patients to encourage healthy living practices and illness prevention. In addition to delivering front-line services to patients, Ontario’s doctors play a significant role in helping shape health care policy, as well as implementing initiatives that strengthen and enhance Ontario’s health care system.


For more information, please contact:
Nadia Daniell-Colarossi, Manager Media Relations
Office: 416-340-2970 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2970
Mobile: 416-804-4600
Email: nadia.daniell-colarossi@oma.org