National Doctor’s Day: History and Significance

“God cannot be everywhere, so he sent doctors.”

National Doctor’s Day was created by the Indian Medical Association in 1991 to highlight the contributions made by doctors to society. But this day is celebrated on different dates in different countries. India celebrates this wonderful day on July 1. Moreover, this day also coincides with the birth and death anniversary of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, the second chief minister of West Bengal who was also a physician.


The Theme of National Doctor’s Day 2022

“Family Doctors on the Front Line” is this year’s National Doctor’s Day theme. This theme highlights the contribution made by the medical professionals towards their families and the whole community as well.

History of National Doctor’s Day

This day was originated in 1991 in the memory of Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was a distinguished physician and the second chief minister of West Bengal, whose birthday and death anniversary coincide on the same day that is July 1. Hence, he was the inspiration behind the creation of this day in 1991. Besides honouring Dr, Bidhan Chandra Roy, The Doctor’s day is also celebrated to felicitate all the medical professionals for all their hard work, perseverance and dedication to their patients.

Who was Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy?

Born in West Bengal Dr Roy was a well-known physician and civil rights, activist. Furthermore, he was also honoured with the Bharat Ratna award in 1961, as the nation’s highest civilian.

Significance of National Doctor’s Day

The purpose of celebrating National Doctor’s Day is to honour doctors for their commitment to improving and saving the lives of patients. Their roles and duties are acknowledged respectfully on this day.

Doctors and other medical professionals have been working hard, risking their lives, and desperately trying to save their patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence this day has gained more significance, considering the nonstop services provided by these real superheroes.

This day also honours their spirits and commitment, since they kept up their tireless effort at the most critical moments of the pandemic.

How is National Doctor’s Day Celebrated?

National Doctor’s Day is celebrated by both public and private healthcare organizations. Multiple medical check-up camps, general screening test clinics, and consulting workshops are organized on this day. Moreover, both high school and college students are urged to pursue careers in medicine. Patients send cards, presents, flower bouquets, and other kinds of gifts to their doctors. Besides conducting free medical check-ups, these organizations also organize patient awareness programs and other honorary awards for the doctors.



Doctor’s Day Special – Excerpts from the life of a Doctor

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It’s 1st July – it’s Doctor’s Day, a day dedicated to doctors in the honor of great Indian Physician Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy as this day was his birthday. It’s a day to thank doctors for their services, a day to show them the importance they hold in our lives. On this occasion, we have collected some touching memories from the diary of a doctor; it sees a youngster growing into a respectable citizen, a complete trail of emotions and feelings attached with the life of a doctor. Read it and try to feel it.

“I am standing outside a big campus, my eyes enlightened with many new dreams and filled with immense pride as they read the words “Medical College and Hospital”. Yes, I am a medico now. My feelings-too much mixed; there is a ‘fear’ of new city, new friends, new life but I’m ‘happy’ too as I reap the fruit of 2 years of hard work; ‘excited’ to explore new folds with a sense of ‘responsibility’ towards mankind; I’m missing my classmates also who have failed to clear PMT this year.”

“Every time I wear a white lab coat and put a stethoscope around my neck, it fills me with a new vibrant energy and my heart swells with pride. But today, as I stepped inside the Hospital for my first Clinical Postings, I felt the real meaning of a doctor. I realized that from now on each day I’ll come across people suffering with pain, each day I’ll have to fill many eyes with tears as I tell them the disease they or their relatives are suffering from, each day I’ll be in war with many diseases. I shuddered at the thought. But as I got acquainted with my field, I got to know why people say that ‘Doctors are God on Earth’; it’s the only field where one can directly serve the sick and needy and I’m proud of my profession.”

“Today we were taken to Labor Room; the room was filled with the cries of a lady who was waiting to hear the cries of her first baby. Amidst those painful cries, that could leave almost anyone weeping, doctors were so alert and quick in their every step and decision; they were deaf to those cries but the moment baby cried, the smile that spread over their faces was worth the efforts it took; the satisfaction and happiness of bringing a new life in this world was simply priceless.”

Operation Theatre – even the name fills mind with dreadful thoughts and the body goes numb. It was during my posting in Surgery Department that I realized what a Surgeon goes through during his practice. Long hours in OT when you have to be completely focused, where one small mistake can kill a precious life, emergency night calls, complicated cases that have to be dealt with complete perfection; but when patient thanks you and leaves your chamber smiling, no fees can compete with the satisfaction that smile can give you.”

“Today we got our farewell and during the function, past four and half years of my M.B.B.S. flashed in front of my eyes. I was overwhelmed with emotions as I recalled the best ever days of my college life; those lectures and our bunks, endless fights with friends aur wo masti bhare moments, yuck food in mess and meri hostel wali Maggie, movies till 4 in the morning, and the night before exam, and most of all I’ll be missing the carefree and tension free life as the life from here is going to be more tougher.”

“Damn!! I didn’t get selected in any of the PG exam. :’( A one year loss matters a lot as it already takes 10 long years to be a Doctor. I’ll have to put in extra efforts this time so that I can get a good branch in PG.” “Yipppieee!! Finally I have cracked my PG Entrance and got my favorite branch – Paediatrics 🙂 ”

“We are preparing for tomorrow’s practical of PG final year. We all are hell nervous because we have heard that the external is a miser in giving marks but my roommate is crying. Tomorrow is her sister’s marriage and she is stuck here with exams and books. We all tried to make her happy by organizing a mini-sangeet in our room. A couple of year back we were strangers, but now we are a family; this is the irony of our profession – it gives us many new relations by keeping us away from our blood relations.”

“I’m sitting in my chamber; it’s my first day in Hospital as a Doctor. The corridor outside my room is bustling, a bit with the cries of children and more with the shouts of their parents growing restless in the queue. And then tongues won’t stop complaining that now-a-days doctors don’t give enough time per patient during checkup. God!!  How can I attend my patients with these sounds ringing in my ears?”

“Today I entered the third decade of my life and I celebrated this birthday with some old friends. While chatting about our lives and jobs, I realized I’m just at a starting level while my classmates have already got promoted 2 times and some even 3 times. My present salary stands nowhere in front of their several lakhs plus incentives. No, I am not greedy and I don’t expect an increase in my salary, but am I wrong if I wish that people stop saying “Ye doctors khoob maal kamate hain”.”

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Did you notice in these excerpts that a medical student never ever thinks of a good salary, perks and all; he just wants to serve the society and the nation. But as responsibilities falls over his shoulder and one has to face the realities of life, he needs money in hand to support himself and his family. What’s wrong if a doctor takes 100 Rs per patient after 10 years of struggle and hard work? You call doctors ‘God’ but they are mere humans; when our leaders can gulp down crores of public money, why can’t we charge a fees worth our efforts and act a bit selfish? I don’t deny that there are some doctors who have sold the serenity of this noble profession for few green and red notes. But what is the point in blaming thousand honest doctors because of few culprits??

I humbly request everyone on behalf of all doctors and medical students to once think calmly and with open minds on both sides of this coin and you yourself will know the truth. If ever in your lifetime a doctor cured your illness then today, give your 1 billion dollar smile to us that shows your trust in us, because that smile will be the best greetings for Doctor’s Day which will motivate us for even better services.

Happy Doctor’s Day to every medico… 🙂 Today let’s say these lines, not to the world but to ourselves, and keep repeating it every day. “The responsibility to take care of the health of mankind is on my shoulders and I’ll always serve under this responsibility with full dedication and honesty.” Be proud of ourselves and our profession. \m/

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A Walkthrough in the Life of Doctors

A person wearing an angelic white coat, stethoscope around his neck, listening to the pain and sufferings of the people. Isn’t that the image of you get in your mind when you think of a doctor? And when you are in utter pain, you do find a Doctor equivalent to God. A Doctor is the noblest profession of serving the entire society.

The Doctors’ day is celebrated every year on 1st July in commemoration of the birth anniversary of eminent physician and freedom fighter, Dr. B.C. Roy, and holds a special significance to the medical practitioners in India. So on this occasion, we tried to find out what some of the renowned doctors from our own udaipur wish to say about their life and profession. This article is dedicated to all the Doctors, and the would be Doctors.


Dr. N.C. Sharma, the present CEO of Geetanjali Medical College, is a very vibrant and dynamic personality. Brought up in Jaipur, he did his MBBS from SMS Medical College (Jaipur) in the year 1972 and MD (Radio diagnosis) in 1976. He manages his clinical practice with administrative affairs very efficiently.

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Dr. N.C. Sharma

Through his belief in discipline and team work, he was able to save the lives of four patients who went under anaphylactic shock when CT Scan procedure was done on them. Therefore, he asks the aspiring doctors to work hard in their studies so that they can give their best to their patients. He wants them to work as a team in a disciplined manner and be courteous and honest to the mankind.

When asked about the hardships he faces during his day to day clinical practice, he says that a doctor has long working hours with absolutely no time for leisure & comfort during workdays. He is answerable to patients, their relatives and the society as a whole. Despite all this he has to keep himself calm and should not lose his patience and temper.

He finds Udaipur growing very fast and very well in terms of medical facilities with two medical colleges and many hospitals in the city. But he wants that the people must respect doctors and the paramedical staff and maintain their trust in them.


Dr. Kamla Kanwrani, aged 62 years, has created a benchmark in the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She completed her MBBS and MD from RNT Medical College (Udaipur) in 1972 & 76 respectively. She got her FICOG degree in 1987. British government awarded her with MCH (UK) Certificate in 1992 and she even worked as IMA President for two years. She retired from RNT Medical College in 2009 as the Prof.  & HOD of Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and is presently giving her services in Geetanajli Medical College & Hospital as Prof. and H.O.D.

dr. kamla kanwrani
Dr. Kamla Kanwrani

She has handled many critical cases very efficiently which many senior doctors have refused to treat or operate uponincluding a major surgery for removal of a uterine tumor approximately 10 kg in weight. She feels the need of introduction of Laparoscopy technique in Udaipur for the rapid diagnosis.

Cherishing her UG college life, she says to the aspiring doctors that it’s the most beautiful phase of life and they must enjoy it to their fullest. But at the same she reminds them to work hard. They must realize the dignity of this profession and should not lose their values and ethics for the sake of earning money.

She enjoys her work and gets an inner satisfaction by relieving the pain and sufferings of her patients especially of poor and needy women. Her only message to the people of Udaipur is that they must never compromise with the health of females in their families.


When the patients enter the Medicine OPD of Geetanjali Hospital, they find a doctor who is ready to help them in any possible way. He is soft spoken and easily wins the confidence of his patients. He is the Prof. and HOD of Department of Medicine, Dr. B.S. Bomb.

Dr. B.S. Bomb

Motivated by his parents and religious guru to choose this profession, he did his MBBS and MD (Medicine) from RNT Medical College in 1968 and 1973. He was the former HOD of the Medicine Department in RNT Medical College & M.B. Hospital.

He takes his every case and every patient as a challenge to him. He finds that practicing in a country like India with limited resources is a major difficulty. A doctor has to keep in mind the pocket of the patient while deciding his investigatory procedure and the treatment. He also feels the need of an effective emergency treatment and critical care in Udaipur

He believes that knowledge of your field along with god’s grace and support from family is the backbone of a doctor’s success. He also feels that patient’s blessing gives much more happiness than money. He is indebted to people of Udaipur who have blessed him with their love, affection and trust.



Have you ever seen a very senior doctor singing a romantic song in front of his UG students? May be no one will believe this. But this can be true when that doctor is Dr. S.K. Luhadia, Prof. and HOD of T.B. & Chest Department of Geetanjali Medical College and Hospital. His patients have faith in him and respect him very much. For his students, he is the best teacher.

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Dr. S.K. Luhadia

With a noble cause to serve the humanity, he did his MBBS and MD from SMS Medical College (Jaipur). He has been serving in Udaipur from past 30 years. He is also a retired Prof. and HOD of RNT Medical College.

Though unscheduled patients create lots of troubles in his day to day clinical practice, still he never loses his temper on patients. He always tries to assure & reconcile the patients who are in a state of mental turmoil. He remembers a case where a young boy swallowed a pen cap. He was suffering for 10 years, not getting any effective treatment. But Dr. S.K. Luhadia relieved him from his sufferings and pain. He feels the need of introduction of Allergy Tests in Udaipur.

Cherishing his college days, he misses the singing programmes where he used to perform. He feels sad that now-a-days meritorious students do not opt for this challenging profession which ultimately leads to distorting values and ethics in this medical profession. He asks the medical students to have patience as it takes a very long time to establish in this field as compared to others.


Team UdaipurBlog salutes all the Doctors all throughout the nation on this occasion


-By Palak Jain

Edited by Prasun Bannerjee