On the occasion of Doctors Day today, IMA stresses on the need to revive the popularity of medicine as a promising career option Congratulates the recipients of the Dr BC Roy National Award New Delhi, July 1 2016: On the occasion of Doctors Day, the Indian Medical Association has appealed that all its 2.5 lakh members to act as brand ambassadors of the medical profession and encourage youngsters to take up the profession in the future. They have also stressed on how doctors must never smoke or drink in public since patients look up to them and often follow by example. “On the occasion of Doctor’s Day, IMA has appealed to all its doctor members to not give way if they are being forced to accept targets by hospitals. Every doctor is requested to uphold the integrity, dignity and honour of the medical profession. We wish everyone a very Happy Doctors Day and congratulate those who received the prestigious Dr BC Roy National award at the Rashtrapati Bhavan earlier today. Dr BC Roy in whose memory this day is celebrated will continue to remain an inspiration for the entire medical fraternity for centuries to come,” said Dr SS Agarwal National President IMA & Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal – Honorary Secretary General IMA & President HCFI. The medical profession as a whole is becoming less popular amongst the young who afraid of the long and many years of struggle they see ahead of them. The shortage of medical colleges and MBBS seats further adds to the problem. There is an urgent need to increase the quality of medical education in India, address the shortage of seats and bring back the fading trust in the profession. The medical profession was, is and will always remain a noble one. Doctors Day is celebrated every year on July 1st in remembrance of Dr BC Roy - a social reformer, politician, statesman, administrator and the founding President of the Medical Council of India. Dr Roy played a key role in establishing the Indian Institute of Mental Health, the Infectious Disease Hospital and the first ever post-graduate medical college in Kolkata. Dr Roy was also actively associated with the Indian Medical Association and guided their deliberation. During his long association with the Medical Council of India, Dr Roy helped in upgrading the standards of medical education in the country and the organisation of post-graduate medical education on a firm footing.