March 1, 2017 Erin Hall

How to Celebrate National Doctors’ Day

This March 30, 2017 is National Doctors’ Day. That means that HR teams at hospitals and medical clinics across the country are looking for ways to celebrate their dedicated physicians.

But what do doctors want? A shiny new stethoscope? Just a card? If you’re at a loss, here are 10 awesome ways you can celebrate National Doctors’ Day this year.

Doctors’ Day Ideas: 10 Best Ways to Celebrate

Whether you have a large or small budget for your Doctors’ Day celebration, you’ll find something here you can manage.

Depending on the size of your hospital or clinic, some of these ideas may not work for you. But we hope it’s a good place to get started brainstorming.


1. Hand out National Doctors’ Day awards

Keep it simple with a nicely printed and framed award for each of your physicians. Acknowledge each medical provider for their individual strengths.


2. Lunch or happy hour celebration for Doctors’ Day

Take your doctors out to lunch or have a feast brought in to your clinic, hospital, or office. Or if it’s easier to schedule, consider an after-hours happy hour celebration at a local restaurant. Invite your health care providers’ friends and family to join as well.


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3. National Doctors’ Day recognition ceremony

Combine the first two ideas into a formal (or not so formal) event. Invite everyone to dress up, and  provide food and music.

Each of your organization’s doctors can be honored with a brief statement on their achievements and accolades.

Related: 5 Workplace Morale Boosters for 24-Hour Hospital Employee


4. Signed appreciation cards from staff and patients

Your doctors touch a lot of lives and many of their patients are probably more than happy to show their appreciation. Leave blank cards in your reception area and encourage patients to fill one out while they wait for their appointment. They can leave them with front desk staff before they leave.


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5. Mid-day on site car detailing service

Who doesn’t appreciate a clean car at the end of a long work day? Find a local car detailing service to show up in your parking lot during the day. Gather keys from your physicians and they can enjoy a freshly detailed car on their way home. Detailing services could include an exterior wash and polish, as well as  interior vacuuming and dusting.


6. Tokens of appreciation for Doctors’ Day

How you celebrate National Doctors’ Day doesn’t have to be extravagant. A simple stylish lapel pin for your doctors’ white coats, a new insulated coffee mug or a nice pen set are easy ways to say thank you.


7. Flowers or food basket

Deliver a bouquet of flowers to your doctors’ offices or even to their homes. For a yummier treat, consider a basket of local seasonal goodies like honey, fruit, wine, artisan bread, and cheese.


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8. Massage for Doctors’ Day

If there’s anyone who needs an occasional massage, it’s doctors. An on site massage company can provide chair massage services for National Doctors’ Day. Massages can happen throughout the day on either a first-come, first-served basis or on a pre-determined schedule. One-time massage events can help your employees reduce the effects of stress, loosen up tight muscles, and prevent some work site injuries.

Related: Employee Appreciation Day: How to Set Up a Chair Massage Event

9. National Doctors’ Day surprise party

See if you can arrange for your doctors’ families to join for a surprise lunch-time event. Meet up at a local restaurant, or have them show up at your clinic with flowers and balloons. If an in-person event is too hard to coordinate mid-day, consider a lunch time Skype session between your doctors and their loved ones.


10. A day off

What your doctors may most want for their special day is to just relax! Consider offering a free day off your doctors can use at any time. While you probably can’t have all your physicians gone at once, you might be able to stagger the days, or even offer half-days off.


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Doctors’ Day Ideas: Celebrate Your Own Way

So that’s it – now what are your ideas? There are great ways to combine a few of these ideas — like on site massage plus a celebration dinner later in the day. Or a signed card from each patient plus a bouquet of flowers.

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate National Doctors Day, be sure to at least say thank you to your physicians and other medical practitioners.


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