Greetings from sunny San Diego where Team Nomad, including myself, Radhika Sen, and Brandy Collier-Pearson, is celebrating National Doctors’ Day with over 6,000 doctors at the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians.
Every doctor will tell you that it is a privilege to be allowed into their patients’ lives, often at the most challenging and intimate moments. Doctors feel thankful to have the opportunity to help and comfort, but today, it is a privilege to turn around and thank the doctors whose care, skill, and attention have a positive impact on the lives of millions of people across the country.
Since 1933, National Doctors’ Day has been celebrated in the United States on March 30, which is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. On March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford Long used ether, an early general anesthetic, to allow for the painless excision of a tumor from his patient’s neck. This reduction of suffering, so emblematic of what doctors do, is thus quite a fitting basis for Doctors’ Day.
On this day celebrating the reduction of suffering, let us also talk about reducing suffering for doctors themselves. The practice of medicine has become complex and at times maddeningly bureaucratic. Arcane processes hinder doctors in their single-minded dedication to helping their patients, and both suffer as a result.
With Nomad, we are trying to do our little part to give thanks today – and every day – and to make doctors’ lives easier by reducing the suffering of finding a great job. With simple, modern technology, Nomad makes it easy to find and take clinical jobs so that doctors can skip the usual mountains of paperwork and instead focus on doing what they do best – taking care of patients.
From all of us on Team Nomad, a HUGE thank you to doctors across the country for all you do.
Happy National Doctors’ Day!
Co-founder and CEO
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