Who We Are

WDMS is a not-for-profit organization representing over 2,400 physician members and medical students in Central Massachusetts. WDMS members and staff connect with the community on behalf of organized medicine and support physicians in caring for their patients. We are dedicated to enhancing the health of Central Mass residents through science, quality and ethics in the practice of medicine.

The Worcester Medical Library, Inc. was founded by the Society in 1798. The Library is dedicated to supporting educational programs for physicians and to maintaining resources on the history of medicine. In 1973 its collection was brought to the University of Massachusetts Medical School to establish a rare book room in the Lamar Soutter Library and an on-going partnership with the medical school library. In August, 2002, the Library provided the Lamar Soutter Library with a gift to establish the Humanities in Medicine Collection.


The Worcester District Medical Society is pleased to represent and serve our members. We are the organized voice for physicians and medical student members in Central Massachusetts and are committed to unite and educate the community. We are one of twenty districts in the state and the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) is our parent organization. In addition to our regular membership, we offer different levels of membership for students, residents/fellows, seniors and groups. And members’ spouses can belong to the Worcester District Medical Society Alliance. The WDMSA also organizes educational and social events.

Scholarship Fund

The Worcester District Medical Society founded in 1794, is a professional organization representing 2,500 physicians and medical students in Central Massachusetts. The Society was established to advance medical knowledge, to develop and maintain highest professional and ethical standards of medical practice and health care, and to serve as an advocate for physicians and their patients.

The Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to medical students each year. The number and amounts offered are evaluated each year based on the monies available through donations and fund raising. The Committee will accept applications for 2020 beginning June 1, 2020.

Worcester Medicine

Worcester Medicine, The official bi-monthly publication of WDMS, addressing important healthcare issues facing central Massachusetts



News & Events

An open letter on COVID-19 and holiday gatherings to the American public

An open letter to the American people: With Thanksgiving and the holiday season fast approaching and a deadly COVID-19 pandemic surging, we – the physicians, nurses, hospital and health system leaders and public health professionals … Continue reading An open letter on COVID-19 and holiday gatherings to the American public

Being Sent on Behalf of Dr. Michael Hirsh

Dear WDMS members, This is a difficult time for our city, our region, our Commonwealth and the Nation. Covid19 challenges have caused restrictions and ordinances like we have not experienced since probably the age of … Continue reading Being Sent on Behalf of Dr. Michael Hirsh

october 2021

21oct7:00 pm9:00 pm15th Annual WDMS Louis A. Cottle Event and 46th Annual BML Garland Lecture

26oct5:00 pm6:30 pmAnti-Racism and Health Equity in WorcesterKeynote Speaker:  Mark Johnson, MD, PhD

november 2021

17nov6:30 pm8:30 pmFall District Meeting and Awards CeremonyAwards Ceremony & Scholarship Award Recipients