While all members of the health care team deserve appreciation and respect, Doctors’ Day was created especially to recognize the work of physicians, Dr. Rebekah Bernard writes in Medical Economics.

“Psychologists tell us that feeling recognized and appreciated is a basic human need—a form of existential validation. I’ve struggled with this in my own life: I want to think that I’m the kind of person who does the work because it’s the right thing to do, not for recognition or accolades. But the truth is, when someone takes note of my efforts, I find myself glowing.”