Happening in March-Match Day, Madness, Medicine, and More

updated March 1, 2023

Daylight Saving Time

Depending on where you live, you may need to remember to spring forward into Daylight Saving Time

Most of the United States will change to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday March 12, 2023 by setting your clock one hour ahead-unless your device changes automatically. If you have to awaken at a specified time, you will “lose” an hour of sleep.

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.

In Chicago, Illinois, they dye the river green  to celebrate (photo by my son Ryan when he lived in Chicago).

Welcome Spring

We will welcome the  first day of Spring, March 20,  in the northern hemisphere, with the occurrence of the vernal equinox.


Residents’ Match Day

In 2023, St. Patrick’s Day is also Residency 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 specialty their entire career, although some  switch after a few or many years.

The surprising new doctors caring for you

Who will be your next doctor? What will your future doctor look like? Your doctor within the next 10-20 years is likely in medical school or a residency program in a United States medical center right now. Within 1-10 years, they will join the ranks of practicing physicians, while some currently in practice will change…

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National Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been designated National Doctor’s Day in the United States. You may not have heard of  a day to honor doctors.

March 30 is Doctors' Day

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(although several other dates also claim that distinction.)

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.

Of course, the most important physician for you to know is your own personal physician.

Learn how to choose a doctor and how to establish a good working relationship in this article by Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of


Vietnam War Veterans Day

In my home we observe not only Doctor’s Day, but also Vietnam War Veterans Day, because my husband is one.

 Vietnam War Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families ,part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who didn’t receive a proper welcome upon returning home more than 40 years ago.

The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, signed into law in 2017, designates March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

On that day in 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil. It is also the date President Nixon chose for the first Vietnam Veterans Day in 1974.

And Madness at the Hoops

And yes sports fans, the NCAA Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments, aka March Madness,occurs in March. 68 teams of each will play to determine the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I college basketball national champions for the 2022–23 season.

Like many of you, I will be following my favorite teams. Good luck everyone.


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


exploring the HEART of health in the spring

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Dr Aletha


 Read about an actual event in the Vietnam War, written by my husband Raymond-he knows, because he was there.

Battle for Tra Bong Vietnam: Events and Aftermath Kindle Edition

Read it free with kindle unlimited or pay $2.99 (this is an affiliate link)


Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

As a family physician, I explore the HEART of HEALTH in my work, recreation, community, and through writing. My blog, Watercress Words, informs and inspires us to live in health. I believe we can turn our health challenges into healthy opportunities. When we do, we can share the HEART of health with our families, communities, and the world. Come explore and share with me.

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