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March 21, 2023

UW Health seeks community help to celebrate National Doctors’ Day

Madison, Wis. – UW Health is gathering notes of gratitude for its 1,800 physicians in honor of National Doctors’ Day.

This day is held annually on March 30 to celebrate the contributions of physicians who care for the health and wellness of patients in the community.

Patients can share a general note of thanks and appreciation using this Kudoboard. These will appear together on one online platform and will be shared with all UW Health physicians on March 30. Please note these messages will be visible to others, so private or personal information should not be shared. These messages are due by Wednesday, March 29.

Sometimes people think of physicians as stoic individuals who see very difficult things and have difficult conversations, and while that is a part of the job, we care deeply about our patients and appreciate hearing positive feedback, according to Dr. Jeff Pothof, emergency medicine physician, and chief quality officer at UW Health.

“Reading the comments and kind words from patients really affirms the commitment many of us made as doctors to take care of our communities no matter what,” he said. “Doctors have a desire to make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives, and coming off a difficult pandemic these grateful messages matter a great deal to us.”

The first Doctors’ Day was observed in 1933. In 1953, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the designation of March 30 as National Doctors’ Day.