05/30/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Doctor's Day 2010: What You Need To Know About The National Event

National Doctor's Day 2010, honoring the work of doctors across the United States, is being celebrated today, March 30, 2010.

The annual event is held every March 30. According to DoctorsDay.org, "It is a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its' citizens."

The first Doctor's Day was observed on March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia, when Eudora Brown Almond - wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond - decided to set a day aside to honor physicians. In 1990, the House and Senate officially declared March 30 "National Doctor's Day."

Traditionally, people celebrate the day by going out of their way to thank their doctors, mailing greeting cards, and sending flowers. The red carnation is commonly associated with the National Doctor's Day.

If you want to get creative, there are Web sites that offer special doctor's gifts, like a doctor's stress ball or prescription chocolate bar found here.

Some Web sites will send cards for you for a fee or if you have your doctor's email address, you could go the eCard route.

DoctorsDay.org has other goodies and is offering a free poster PDF for Doctor's Day on this page.