Doctors’ Day

Celebrating Doctors’ Day in Ontario

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 are making a positive difference in the lives of patients by providing high-quality care.

May 1st is Doctors’ Day, the provincial day of recognition for the extraordinary contributions and sacrifices Ontario physicians make for their patients. The OMA worked with hospitals, communities and other healthcare organizations to promote and celebrate Doctors’ Day, and the many events honouring physicians that take place throughout the month of May.

Following the success of last year’s “My Doc Rocks” campaign, the OMA invited elementary students and pediatric patients from across the province to submit drawings with personalized messages about “what my MD means to me”. For each activity sheet returned, the OMA pledged to make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross.

In response to the campaign and to recognize the vital contribution of Ontario’s doctors, the OMA has donated $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross. The OMA would like to thank all those who participated in our Doctors’ Day initiatives. Close to 2,000 children submitted a “what my MD means to me” activity sheet and included a variety of touching, funny and heartfelt messages. These drawings helped celebrate Doctors’ Day in a very meaningful way.

Examples from across the Province included:

  • …My MD is important to me because she keeps me and my family safe and healthy. I think my MD is awesome!”
  • …My MD means care and effort. Every day thousands of people need help and it makes me grateful to have a doctor who takes part in such an important role”
  • …My doctor to me means a hero who is willing to help anyone in need. He would help me even if it meant he might get sick.”

More examples of the submissions we received are available in the video and image gallery below.

Doctors’ Day 2017 Video

“What my MD Means to me” Activity Sheet Gallery

Dr. Athaide Whitby School

Dr. Greg Athaide visited St. Mark the Evangelist school in Whitby, to answer student’s questions about life as a doctor and help spread the word about Doctors’ Day.

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.

The OMA has created a Doctors’ Day communications toolkit (includes an electronic Doctors’ Day poster, sample news release, fast facts, sample tweets) to support any interested parties Doctors’ Day celebrations. You can download the OMA’s Doctors’ Day Toolkit below or by clicking here.

If you have any questions on this initiative, please contact Gibb McGugan at


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