Celebrating Doctor’s Day - May 1, 2016

Apr. 27, 2016

On May 1, 2016 LHSC and St. Joseph’s are celebrating the sixth annual Provincial Doctor's Day.

Every day, more than 320,000 patients across the province are treated and cared for by one of Ontario’s 28,000 physicians. Whether it's in a hospital, a clinic, a long-term care facility, a research lab or at a patient's home, Ontario's doctors are working hard to make sure patients get the care they need.

May 1st was recognized by the provincial government in 2011 as the official day of appreciation for Ontario’s medical profession. The date was chosen to mark the birthday of one of Canada’s first female physicians, Dr. Emily Stowe.

All Ontarians can recognize doctors who have made a difference in their lives via social media by tweeting using the hashtags #DocsRock2016 or #PatientsFirst.

Facts About Ontario’s Doctors

  • Number of practising physicians in Ontario: approximately 28,000
  • 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: 8-12 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 4 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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