Tampa, FL- The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) comes together with the rest of America to salute our healthcare professionals on National Doctors Day, March 30. National Doctors Day is meant to celebrate the essential role that physicians serve in all of our daily lives, and to thank them for their contribution to our public health.
When asked about the meaning of being a doctor, ABPS Diplomate William J. Garrity, DO, FAASP of Suffield, CT identified the importance of physicians encouraging hope in the healing process of the body. “To be a doctor for me is to restore hope when human life is weakened by disease,” Dr. Garrity said.
National Doctors Day was first observed in 1933. March 30 is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthetia in surgery dating back to 1842. President George H.W. Bush proclaimed Doctors Day a national day of celebration beginning in 1991.
The American Board of Physician Specialties is the third-largest nationally recognized multi-specialty certifying body of physicians in the United States. ABPS provides a path for qualified physicians, both allopathic and osteopathic, to pursue board certification in various medical specialties. The commitment of ABPS Diplomates to rigorous testing and quality healthcare is what makes ABPS an important part of the changing standard in physician board certification.