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The Department of Health Sciences is pleased to recognize the following observances and celebrations for the month of October:

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah (Jewish)

October 6-8, 2023 

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah concludes the Sukkot holiday and culminates with the special prayer for rain. Simchat Torah celebrates the conclusion and the beginning of another annual cycle of reading the Torah.

National Physical Therapy Month

October 1-31, 2023 

National Physical Therapy Month is celebrated annually in October to raise awareness about the benefits of physical therapy. This year’s theme will be “Value of PT” and it highlights how physical therapy improves the quality of life for people. The month of October is a great opportunity to appreciate what PTs, PTAs, and students do to transform lives and society. Learn more about National Physical Therapy Month. 

National Physician Assistant Week

October 6-12, 2023 

National Physician Assistant Week is annually celebrated during the month of October, which recognizes the profession and its contributions to the medical community and the nation’s health. It is a time to appreciate all PAs and their value to society. Learn more about National Physician Assistant Week. 

National Audiology Awareness Month

October 1-31, 2023 

National Audiology Awareness Month is annually celebrated to bring awareness to the profession and the importance of promoting good hearing and balance health. It is an opportunity to learn more about the services audiologists provide and the value of audiologists. Learn more about National Audiology Awareness Month. 

UNC-Chapel Hill provides a calendar of Holy Days and Observances as a resource for education and accommodation. The Department of Health Sciences will share monthly observances and recognitions as a part of its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.