Who We Are

The Worcester District Medical Society, established in 1794 is the 3rd oldest medical society in the country. We are 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.

Society dues include membership to the Worcester Medical Library, entitling members to access the many services available at the Lamar Soutter Library.

The Massachusetts Medical Society, our parent organization, was founded in 1781, to “advance medical knowledge {and} to develop and maintain the highest professional and ethical standards of medical practice and healthcare.

The Massachusetts Medical Society is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country with more than 25,000 members.

Click here to read a message from our President

WDMS Officers

President – Giles Whalen, MD
Vice President – Alwyn Rapose, MD
Secretary – Michelle Hadley, DO
Treasurer – Dale Magee, MD

Executive Director – Martha Wright, MBA
Administrative Assistant – Melissa Boucher

Officers can be contacted by email at, MBoucher@wdms.org

View the 2022-2023 Committee Roster

View the 2022-2023 Slate of Officers

View the WDMS Bylaws

View the WML Bylaws

View the 2022 Budget Report

Latest News & Events

Umass in the News, 1/8/2022

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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