DR. BERNARD KOSTO HMS, PRESIDENT
As we wrap up one year and transition to another, it’s important to reflect on the success the Hartford Medical Society achieved in 2022. We have grown to over 100 members, hosted a dynamic forum that featured renowned physician, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, had an impactful keynote address from Dr. Lisa Sanders at our Annual Meeting, and have seen tremendous educational and community-building opportunities over the last year.
Looking ahead, there are several events to get excited about in 2023. In the early spring, we will host a lecture celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Brendan Fox at St. Francis Hospital. We will also celebrate the opening of our collection at the Watkinson Library at Trinity College. Our historical collection of books, journals, and artifacts dating back to the 1500s is now archived there, and we’re thrilled to facilitate opportunities to interact with the artifacts this year.
We also look forward to our Spring Awards Celebration on May 18 at the Mark Twain House. Join us for dinner and learn more about Mark Twain and medicine from the esteemed Dr. K. Patrick Ober, professor of Internal Medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Ober’s interests lie in studying the relationship between the humanities and the practice of medicine.
His past work includes writing about the dehumanizing properties of the electronic medical record. He is also internationally recognized as a Mark Twain scholar and author of the book, Mark Twain and Medicine: “Any Mummery Will Cure.”
At this event, we will unveil the HMS Horace Wells Humanitarian Awards. These awards will honor three individuals for their contributions and passion for improving our local communities and the world. We’re thrilled to recognize and celebrate their efforts in volunteerism and humanitarian work. In the fall, we will host our Annual Meeting, along with an innovative event featuring Dr. William Sloan, a Los Angeles-based fine violin collector, and Leonid Sigal, a Concertmaster at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. In the meantime, stay tuned for more thought-provoking get-togethers this winter, educational webinars throughout the year, and additional information on nominating an individual for our upcoming awards.
Until then, I wish you a joyous start to 2023 and look forward to seeing you at one of our virtual or live events. Please reach out with questions, concerns, ideas for future community outreach opportunities, keynote speakers, or even story ideas for our newsletter and website. We want to hear from you and highly value the input of all our members!