Celebrating Doctor's Day

On May 1, LHSC, St. Joseph's, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and health-care organizations across the province will recognize the extraordinary contributions of Ontario doctors by celebrating the 6th Annual Provincial Doctor's Day.

Every day, more than 320,000 patients across the province are treated and cared for by doctors. Whether it’s in a hospital, a long-term care home, a clinic or at a patient’s home, Ontario’s doctors make a positive difference in the lives of patients by providing the highest quality of care.

Building on last year’s success, children, who are some of our bravest and most inspiring patients, will play an integral role in celebrating. From now until May 15, elementary school children and pediatric patients will have the opportunity to colour and fill out a personalized message on a “What my MD means to me” activity sheet. Pictures returned to the OMA will be included in their Doctors’ Day celebration and may be featured on their social media channels. For each picture returned, the OMA will donate $1 to the Canadian Red Cross Society.

All Ontarians can recognize doctors via social media by tweeting using the hashtags #LoveMyMD or #PatientsFirst. You can also leave a comment on any of our Doctors’ Day Facebook posts on our Facebook page.

Facts About Ontario’s Doctors

  • Number of practising physicians in Ontario: approximately 29,000
  • Number of specialists: 15,000
  • Number of general practitioners: 13,000
  • Number of speciality areas of medicine: 37 ranging from medical oncology to public health
  • Number of first-year students enrolled in medical school in Ontario: 1,000
  • Average number of years to complete medical education: eight-12 years, plus ongoing, mandatory continuing professional development courses
  • Ontario’s doctors treat approximately 320,000 patients each day and approximately 5.9 million in the emergency department each year
  • Average hours of work (excluding on-call): 50 hours/week
  • Each physician’s office (through overhead) contributes the equivalent of four full-time jobs in their community, generates $205,000 in GDP, and generates $50,000 in tax revenue for the municipal, provincial and federal governments.

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