March- Match Day, Madness and More

 Remember it’s Spring forward and Fall back to Daylight Savings Time

Most of the United States will change to Daylight Savings Time on Sunday March 13.

So you will either be going to bed an hour later than usual, or awakening an hour earlier.

Either way, your body will tell the difference until your sleep cycle adjusts; I know mine always does.  WebMD offers these tips to make the change easier.

 

St. Patrick’s Day

Of course you know that March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. Here is my post from last year about one of my favorite places, Chicago Illinois, where they dye the river green  to celebrate. 

The Chicago River is green on St. Patrick's Day
photo by Ryan Oglesby

 

 

 

Welcome Spring.

The next weekend gives us the first day of Spring, March 20,  in the northern hemisphere, with the occurrence of the vernal equinox.

This link to The Weather Channel explains what the vernal equinox means.

Dogwood trees bloom in the spring.
In Oklahoma, we welcome blooming dogwood trees in the spring.

 

Match Day

March 18 is Match Day. No, not the kind of match you light fires with. It’s the day graduating medical students find out what residency program they will join through the National Resident Matching Program , which “matches” them with available positions in residencies all over the United States.

Why should you care? This matching process determines who will care for our medical needs in the next 30-40 years; our family physicians, internists, pediatricians, general surgeons, obstetricians, dermatologists, psychiatrists, and the multitude of other medical specialties. Most doctors will continue in the same speciality their entire career, although some  switch after a few or many years.

Michigan State University published  this detailed list of medical specialties, a description of each  and training requirements.

Lent

Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter occur in March this year and I will have special posts for those days.

 

March 27 is Easter Sunday.

 

 

National Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been designated National Doctor’s Day in the United States. Unless you read my blog post last year, you probably have never heard of a day to honor doctors.

National Doctors' Day 2015
image from the American Medical Association

 

 

 

The first Doctors’ Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia. The idea came from a doctor’s wife, Eudora Brown Almond,  and the date was the anniversary of the first use of general anesthetic in surgery.

The Barrow County (Georgia) Medical Society Auxiliary proclaimed the day “Doctors’ Day,” which was celebrated by mailing cards to physicians and their wives and by placing flowers on the graves of deceased doctors.

In 1990, the U.S. Congress established a National Doctors’ Day  first  celebrated on March 30, 1991.

During March I am writing a series of posts about physicians I think you should know. This will be a small sampling of physicians I respect and admire, and I hope you will feel the same.

Of course, the most important physician for you to know is your own personal physician. WebMD offers these tips on how to choose a doctor.

 

Madness

And yes sports fans, I am aware that the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, aka March Madness, starts in March. Like many of you, I will be following my favorite regional teams. Good luck everyone.

 

basketfall goal
I wonder how many college basketball players started at one of these?

 

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