Union, NJ – Union High School Allied Health students came to school dressed in scrubs and ready to work as junior doctors in recognition of National Doctor’s Day, honoring and celebrating the hard work of doctors everywhere.

The national day also recognizes physician’s contributions to society and communities. The holiday can be traced back to March 1933,  when Doctor’s Day was first observed in Winder, Georgia. It was originally started by Eudora Brown Almond, the wife of a prominent Georgian doctor, who wanted to create a day just for recognizing and honoring doctors.

With the direction of their teacher, Grace Mitchko, the students completed a field day and participated in doctor-inspired activities and games.  Activities included completing patient history and physicals and hospital intakes and discharges. While blindfolded, students identified specific structures and placed paper scalpels and needles on real 3D medical models, in a “pin the medical device on the body” game. Students also used playdough to reconstruct patient faces, working to replicate relevant muscles and tissues in a “forensic lab” activity. Games such as “Operation” and “Anatomy Flux” were also on hand for the day.

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“Doctors Day is very meaningful to many people and to be a part of it was a great experience and an honor,” said student Karina Tenecela.   

Jordan Princess Wilburn added, “Doctor's Day was a very informational day that taught me the things that a doctor goes through on a day to day basis.”

Yvonne Lorenzo, Supervisor of the Career Education program said, “we are extremely excited about the growth and development of this program. Ms. Mitchko has made amazing progress since her arrival here in October.  In addition to the physical changes she has made to the classroom, we are working together to increase the rigor of the program and to provide more educational options for our students. I am looking forward to the potential expansion of this program and what it can mean to our students interested in a career in the medical field.”

The day was a filled with opportunities for fun as well as learning.   “It was very fun and interesting,”  said student Kendra Nealy, “I learned a lot from this day.”

“It is important to honor the contributions of doctors everywhere,” said instructor Mitchko.  “Hosting Doctor’s Day allows students to stop and think about the contributions that have been made to society by this group of professionals.  The students are ecstatic about and are already planning Nurses Day.  We will continue to learn about and highlight more healthcare careers, as it is always important to appreciate the selfless hard work healthcare professionals undertake as they care for the population.”