National Doctors Day China

Since 2018, China has celebrated National Doctors’ Day, which takes place on August 19. This day acknowledges physicians’ contributions to safeguarding people’s health. Below, our colleagues in China tell us what National Doctors’ Day means to them and their work.

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Since 2018, China has celebrated National Doctors’ Day, which takes place on August 19. This day acknowledges physicians’ contributions in safeguarding people’s health. To mark the efforts of physicians in China during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s theme is “Promote the Spirit of Fighting the Pandemic and Protect Public Health.” Hear from our colleagues in China about what this day means to them.

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Niki Wang
Clinical Operation Manager
Beijing, China

For those who don't know, what does National Doctors Day celebrate?

Many people spend the day as usual, but when you ask people what they’d want to say to doctors, answers are heartwarming. “Thank you very much, Angels in White” and “you are hard-working” are the most frequent replies. Everyone appreciates doctors for their diligence and accountability, since they work every single day without any holidays or time off.

Why is this day important to you? How has it shaped your perspectives, especially in your work?

National Doctors’ Day absolutely means a lot to me. Not only do doctors dedicate their life to saving people, but they are also the lively angels we work with. They faithfully treat patients first and fight to guide us forward. We go by three principles in our daily work—Subject first, Accuracy, and “Time is life.” We work together to advance clinical research and positively impact people’s lives. We bring hope to more people.

How do you personally celebrate this day?

I send my sincere wishes to my doctor friends and family. I also share the day with the team, taking a moment to appreciate how doctors bring life-changing therapeutics to market and bring prospect to people’s health. If the day falls on a weekend, I will go to their workplace to see if they can have lunch or a break to rest and relax. It’s always worth it to see their genuine, sweet smiles.

How important is this day particularly this year with COVID-19? How could it help draw awareness to the risks the doctors—front line health workers—have to take each day as part of their commitment to the public’s health and wellbeing?

National Doctors’ day is distinctive this year in honoring the front-line health workers and respecting their benevolence. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, doctors rushed to help fiercely—they have been working day and night, sparing no efforts to save people’s lives. Some health workers were infected by the virus and some lost their lives. Their efforts have paid off for the recovery of each patient and the continuous improvement of the epidemic prevention and control situation. Doctors are truly worthy of our protection and care. The virus is heartless, but healthcare workers are full of love. We cannot enjoy a happy life without them and their continuous efforts.

China National Doctors Day

Aaron Shao
Clinical Operation Manager
Beijing, China

For those who don't know, what does National Doctors Day celebrate?

Each year, National Doctors’ Day has a theme. This year, the theme is “Promote the Spirit of Fighting the Pandemic and Protect Public Health.” To celebrate this day, the leadership at hospital or government will come to visit doctors on the front lines and send them flowers and gifts. There are also celebration events held in hospitals or on television programs. Doctors may gather together to celebrate the events and some may be invited onto a TV show to speak about the day. The news includes videos that are posted on social media like Weibo, Wechat, and TikTok, where the public can post their comments and wishes to the doctors.

Why is this day important to you? How has it shaped your perspectives, especially in your work?

As we work in clinical trial operations, CRAs on our team work closely with doctors in their daily work. We know the sacrifices they make for public health, particularly during this pandemic. This day gives us the opportunity to express our thoughts, thanks, and wishes to doctors who dedicate themselves to drug research and development.

How do you personally celebrate this day?

I send messages to the doctors who worked me on previous projects. I wish them happiness and good health in their lives and work. I also enjoy watching videos about doctors’ lives and work on social media, as there will be many nice stories and videos posted throughout the day.

How important is this day particularly this year with COVID-19? How could it help draw awareness to the risks the doctors—front line health workers—have to take each day as part of their commitment to the public’s health and wellbeing?

Health workers have given great effort fighting the pandemic—some even lost their lives. We’ve heard many moving stories. We could let doctors know that we stand with them and let them feel our care and support. That makes this Doctors’ Day more important and meaningful.

Jean Qian

Jean Qian
Clinical Team Manager
Shanghai, China

For those who don't know, what does National Doctors Day celebrate?

This day marks the importance of doctors in our lives and the role they play in the welfare of humankind. This year, the significance of National Doctors’ Day has increased—every doctor is giving 100% to fight the pandemic. Their contributions to helping people recover are invaluable.

Why is this day important to you? How has it shaped your perspectives, especially in your work?

I’m lucky to have worked with many doctors during clinical trial conduction. This allows me to have a closer look at a China doctor’s real life. I’m impressed by their devotion to work, selfless dedication, and noble sentiment. National Doctors’ day gives me opportunities to express my gratitude and my respect to them, as well as publicize their contributions to my friends and family.

How do you personally celebrate this day?

I send a blessing message to the doctors I know, expressing my gratitude and wishing them and their family a safe and healthy day. I will also express how I hope we can win the battle against the coronavirus pandemic together in the near future.

How important is this day particularly this year with COVID-19? How could it help draw awareness to the risks the doctors—front line health workers—have to take each day as part of their commitment to the public’s health and wellbeing?

COVID-19 poses an unprecedented and formidable examination of world-wide health workers, especially China doctors, who faced the virus at the very beginning. They undertook tremendous pressure physically and mentally, but “passed the test,” so to speak. They have helped prove that China is a great and professional nation.

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Our partnerships in China and around the world make the drug development process clearer, faster, and simpler. To find out more, contact Quanjie Wei, Director of Clinical Operations, China who leads a team of local staff who are intimately familiar with local regulatory requirements for study start-up while simultaneously connected to all of PRA’s global resources through our integrated systems. You can also fill out an enquiry form.

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