March 30 is National Doctor’s Day, a day set aside to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its' citizens. First celebrated on March 30, 1933, it was established as an official holiday in 1990.

It’s also a day when you as a physician can reserve time to remember why you got into medicine in the first place. Especially as you feel the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic and face any fear or stress that comes with such a crisis, it is especially important to reconnect to the feelings you had fresh out of medical school—filled with a sense of purpose and your entire career ahead.

Here are some suggestions that can help.

Reclaim your 'why'

Think back to the reason you became a doctor.

Perhaps it was a family member's illness or even your own battle to overcome disease that propelled you.

Maybe it was the influence of a revered family physician or the lack of physicians and access to healthcare in the community where you grew up.