HMS Librarian Featured in History Podcast:

HMS Librarian Jennifer Miglus is featured in the podcast, Grating the Nutmeg Episode 58: Keeping It Clean in World War I.

In the 1910s, a group of Connecticut reformers formed a society aimed at solving a growing crisis – the spread of venereal diseases. The United States’ entry into WWI provided this so-called “social hygienist” movement with an unprecedented opportunity to influence the sexual mores of Americans. In this episode produced by Connecticut Historical Society’s Natalie Belanger, Natalie tells us how that worked out for these well-intentioned reformers—especially one George P. Thayer, a crusader for clean living that saw a little more in France than he’d bargained for.

Read more about Connecticut in World War I at in the Spring 2017 and Winter 2014/2015 issues. Listen to this podcast here.

New Traveling Exhibit in the UCONN Health Library Display
At Home and Over There: American Women Physicians in WWI
Anticipating America’s entry into the war, physicians and military leaders had worked to expand the medical corps of the armed services.  When the U.S. entered the war, Army Surgeon General Dr. William Gorgas, sent registration forms to every physician in the country.  Many women physicians responded, wanting to serve in the Medical Reserve Corps, only to find their applications declined.


Ultimately, women were allowed to serve – as contract surgeons.  As such, they were considered civilians and were paid a lower salary, without military rank or benefits.  Were it not for these committed individuals, war casualties would have been even worse:
“. . . wounded men arrived so fast that there was no time to think of “men people” or “women people,” just of human needs.”


There is a free, short, 15-minute film here.
The exhibition is sponsored by the American Medical Women’s Association, AMWA. AMWA is celebrating 100 years.


We encourage members to visit the HMS Library and see the fascinating collections in person. Appointments can be made by contacting the HMS Librarian, Jennifer Miglusor calling (860) 679-3200.  

Join HMS at the Town and County Club in Hartford on October 11, 2018 at 5:00 pm for dinner and learn about Brain Injuries and the Future of College Football, presented by Walter Harrison, president emeritus of the University of Hartford.

Walter Harrison served as the University of Hartford’s president from 1998 until 2017, a period of growth, vitality, and transformation of the university. During much of his tenure as president, Harrison held a number of volunteer leadership positions in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, serving as a member of the NCAA Division I board of directors, chair of the NCAA’s executive committee, and chair of the Division I presidents’ advisory committee. He is best known for his decade of chairing the NCAA committee on academic performance, during which the NCAA strengthened its commitment to student academic success and improved the graduation rate of student athletes significantly in all sports. In 2014 he was recognized with the NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award for his long commitment to student athlete academic success. He continues to serve on the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, to which he was also elected in 2014.

Harrison is also known for his commitment to the Greater Hartford community, especially his commitment to education, the arts, and health care. He served in leadership positions on a number of not-for-profit boards in Hartford, and continues to serve on the boards of the Hartford Stage (he served as its president from 2007-2010), the St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center (he currently serves as vice chair), the Jewish Community Foundation, Hartford Promise (he currently serves as co-chair), Capitol Squash, and the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity.

If you have questions, please call 860.586.7573, or email

Join HMS Members for a fascinating look at how the United States used posters as a method to promote public morale though public service.

On April 18, 2018, at 5:00 pm, Susan Wheeler, Curator, Prints and Drawings and Historical Medical Posters at the Yale Medical History Library, will share unique posters from WWI that were used to modify the public’s actions and behaviors through posters.

The event includes dinner and will be held at the Town & County Club in Hartford. Drinks are available through a cash bar. Convenient parking is available.

Members may bring guests with them for free, although we ask members to pay $20 to join us that evening. Non-members may come for $35. All are welcome!

To join us, register here

The Hartford Medical Society will offer a $500 Award at the UConn Medical Student Research Day for the project that shows the most effective research performed to advance community medicine on Monday, February 26, 2018.

If you are interested in judging for this award, please let our office know: Email or call 860.586.7573.

All HMS members are welcome to attend the keynote address at the UConn Academic Rotunda at Noon on February 26, 2018. The title of the keynote session is  “Hormonal Regulation of Stem Cells and Lineage Development” by David Breault, MD, Ph.D.

For more information, download the flyer: SAVE the DATE Research Day Feb 26 2018

On December 5, 2017 the Hartford Medical Society Board met. Here are the highlights of that meeting.

Dr. Jackie Lyon was appointed as Treasurer allowing Dr. Mick Bedard to serve as a Trustee of the society.

The 2017-2018 Budget was approved.

A new initiative discussed by the board is to host a marquee-level speaker with the help of the UConn Health facility. An amount of $10,000 was budgeted to cover speaker fees for the 2018 event.

The board identified the parameters for two programs to help medical students: the HMS Summer Fellow and a UConn Medical Student Research Day award. The HMS Summer Fellow is a $3,000 fellowship to help a UConn medical student perform research that benefits the application to and growth of community medicine. The UConn Student Research Day award will give one $500 award to recognize the most effective research to advance community medicine. This award will be given by a committee of HMS during UConn’s Annual Student Research Day.

The board approved the management contact with Association Resources for three more years.