Celebrating Doctor’s Day


May 1, 2019

May 1 marks the 8th Annual Provincial Doctor’s Day, recognized by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) as a day to celebrate the commitment and dedication of physicians to improving the health of all patients. This date was chosen to mark the birthday of Dr. Emily Stowe, Canada’s first female practicing physician.

Every day, more than 340,000 patients across the province are treated and cared for by doctors in hospitals, long-term care homes, clinics and in patients’ homes. Whether they’re treating an illness or injury, advocating for a patient, or making a patient’s experience more comfortable, Ontario’s doctors provide the highest quality of care.

To join us in celebrating doctors, Ontarians can participate in a digital campaign called #DoctorsDay in which they share positive stories and interactions they’ve had with their doctor. Stories can be submitted at oma.org/doctorsday. All participants are also encouraged to share their story on social media using the campaign hashtag #DoctorsDay.

Thank you for the care you provide and Happy Doctor's Day to all professional staff at London London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care.

Fast Facts about Ontario’s Doctors:

  • Number of practicing physicians in Ontario: about 31,500
  • Number of specialists: 15,700
  • Number of general and family practitioners: 14,800
  • Number of specialty areas of medicine: 47, ranging from oncology to public health
  • Average number of years to complete medical education: 8-12 years, plus ongoing, mandatory continuing professional development courses
  • Average hours of work: 50 hours/week + 22 hours/week on-call