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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 Chan 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.

Giles Whalen, MD


Alwyn Rapose, MD

Vice President

Michelle Hadley, DO


Dale Magee, MD

Treasurer and Curator

Martha Wright

Executive Director

Melissa Boucher

Administrative Assistant


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 2022 beginning June 1, 2022.

Worcester Medicine

Worcester Medicine, The official quarterly publication of WDMS, addressing important healthcare issues facing central Massachusetts



News & Events

Umass in the News, 1/8/2022

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From Dr. Michael Hirsh, Chair, WDMS Public Health Committee

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 From Dr. Michael Hirsh, Chair, WDMS Public Health Committee

september 2023

24sep10:00 am2:00 pm2nd Annual Park Cleanup and Climate Change Lecture

29sep7:30 am9:30 am32nd Annual Women in Medicine Breakfast

30sep10:00 am12:00 pmMembership and Fundraising Event to Benefit the WDMSA Nursing Scholarship

october 2023

18oct5:30 pm7:30 pm17th Annual Louis A. Cottle Medical Education Conference

november 2023

15nov5:30 pm7:30 pmFall District Meeting and Awards Ceremony

20nov6:00 pm8:00 pmHOD Opening Session, I-23

27nov6:00 pm10:00 pmHOD Reference Committee Hearings A, B and C

december 2023

09dec9:00 am12:00 pmHOD Second Session, I-23

13dec5:30 pm8:00 pmMovie Night and Reception featuring “Something the Lord Made”

february 2024

07feb5:30 pm8:00 pm228th Annual Oration

march 2024

27mar5:30 pm8:00 pm28th Women in Medicine Leadership Forum

30marAll DayAnnual Doctor’s Day

april 2024

10apr5:30 pm8:00 pmAnnual Business Meeting