World Family Doctor Day

World Family Doctor Day(, held every year on May 19, is a day to highlight the role and contributions of family doctors in health care systems around the world.

The first World Family Doctor Day was declared by the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) in 2010. It has gained momentum globally each year, with activities, meetings, and celebrations planned to:

  • Bring attention to the contributions of family doctors globally;
  • Recognize family doctors;
  • Increase the morale of family doctors, and;
  • Highlight important issues relating to family doctors and the work they perform in supporting health care for people around the world.

The comprehensiveness of family medicine makes it the ideal specialty for a career that includes global health. From Egypt to Kenya, New Zealand to Taiwan, see how the world celebrated World Family Doctor day last year(

Planning an event on your campus

The AAFP has global health resources your FMIG can use to host an event for World Family Doctor Day.

To submit your 2014 World Family Doctor Day plans for publication in WONCA News, email After the event, send a report to the same address.