World Family Doctor Day is an annual event which is celebrated on 19th May each year. World Family Doctor Day is celebrated to highlight the role of family doctors towards health care systems around the world. World Family Doctor Day was declared by WONCA which is World Organization of Family Doctor, on 19th May.
World Family Doctor Day has gained momentum globally each year and it is a wonderful opportunity for doctors to acknowledge the central role of their specialty in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health care for all of the patients. World Family Doctor Day also comes as a chance to celebrate the progress being made in family medicine and the special contributions of family doctors all around the world. World Family Doctor Day has been taken up with enthusiasm around the world and has given a chance to doctors to celebrate what they do to provide recognition to family doctors, to highlight important issues and the work they perform in supporting health care for all people in local communities, nations and around the world. The governments around the world have really begun to realize the value of doctor’s specialty. In some countries, there is work to do, and celebrating World Family Doctor Day will open up many opportunities to highlight the important contributions of family doctors. World Family Doctor Day creates an atmosphere of global solidarity among family doctors and it will be a positive and visible contribution of WONCA’s leadership and contribution to family medicine.
World Family Doctor Day highlights family medicine for adaptability, brings attention to the important work family physicians do and encourages medical students to make a contribution to the global community by choosing family medicine as a specialty. Being your health partner, a family doctor provides comprehensive and continuing care to you and your family, through all life stages. He/she knows you well, listens and understands your health concerns, and helps you make appropriate healthcare decisions. On this day many programs are organized, which are:
- Poster making on thanking the family doctor
- Campaign dedicated to thanking family doctors
- T.V program for family doctors
World family doctor is an important event to value family doctors all over the world as multinational employers and insurance companies are realizing more and more the importance of family physicians and their focus on a long-term patient-physician relationship, preventive care, chronic disease management and care coordination across sub-specialties.