TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Every day, more than 320,000 patients
across Ontario are treated and cared for by a doctor. Whether it's in a
hospital, a long-term care home, a clinic or at home, Ontario's doctors
are making a positive difference in the lives of patients by providing
high-quality care when it's needed most.
To recognize Ontario's 26,000+ medical professionals, the Ontario
Medical Association (OMA) is launching its annual Doctors' Day campaign
starting on May 1st. During the month of May, patients and their families and general
members of the public are invited to celebrate Doctors' Day by
submitting a personalized thank-you message to their doctor and sharing
their stories through OntariosDoctors.com or by tweeting using #thanksdoc. Every patient submission will be
entered into a draw to win an ipad prize.
Windsor resident Kenneth Owen wants to thank his palliative care
physician for helping him face his fears of dying, and helping him to
die at home, in comfort, for as long as possible. "We look to doctors
to perform miracles, and sometimes they can. Other times, when they
can't, they do something almost as amazing," said Mr. Owen. "They make
it possible to come to grips with dying, to know that it is simply part
of life, and you can do it in comfort, with dignity, and without fear.
That's what Dr. Darren Cargill at The Hospice of Windsor and Essex
County has done for me, and on this Doctors' Day, I just wanted to say
"I know I speak on behalf of my colleagues when I say it is a great
privilege for us to treat and care for our patients every day. Today is
an opportunity when I, alongside patients, thank each and every one of
Ontario's 26,000 doctors for the amazing work that they do," said OMA
President Dr. Ved Tandan, a surgeon from Hamilton, Ontario.
May 1st was recognized by the provincial government in 2011 as the official day
of appreciation for Ontario's medical profession. The date was chosen
to mark the birthday of Canada's first female physician, Dr. Emily
Stowe. To celebrate Doctors' Day, hospitals, health clinics and other
community organizations are invited to recognize doctors who are
transforming care in their organization and in their community.
Fast Facts about Ontario Doctors
Number of practicing physicians in Ontario: approximately 26,000
Number of specialists: 14,100
Number of general practitioners: 12,300
Ontario's doctors treat approximately 320,000 patients each day and
approximately 5.9 million in the emergency department each year.
Average hours of work by a doctor: 55 hours/week
Number of first year students enrolled in medical school in Ontario:
Average number of years to complete medical education: 8-12 years, plus
ongoing, mandatory continuing professional development courses
Each physician's office (through overhead) contributes the equivalent of
4 full-time jobs in their community, generates $205,000 in GDP and
generates $50,000 in tax revenue for the municipal, provincial and
SOURCE: Ontario Medical Association
For further information:
For more information about Doctors' Day, please contact OMA Media Relations at: 416.340.2862 or toll-free at 1.800.268.7215 ext. 2862 or firstname.lastname@example.org