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