Massachusetts Medical Society: Hampden District Medical Society

Hampden District Medical Society

Hampden District Medical Society Officers 2023-2024

Hampden DistrictPresident: Michael Bailin, MD
Secretary: Mark Mullan, MD
Treasurer: Mark Mullan, MD 

Contact Information 

E-mail: hampdendistrictmedicalsociety@gmail.com
Mailing Address: 1111 Elm Street, West Springfield MA 01089
Telephone Number: (413) 736-0661

District Event/Activity Contact: Coni Fedora, Executive Director

The Dr. Max and Ida L. Millman Foundation and the Hampden District Medical Society Scholarship/Loan Fund

In June 1976, shortly after the sudden and unexpected death of Dr. Max Millman, at that time editor of the Hampden Hippocrat and at the instigation of Mrs. Max Millman, the Society established the scholarship fund as a tribute to the late Dr. Millman. Dr. Millman was a prominent internist and pioneer cardiologist beloved and respected by his colleagues and patients.

Contributions to the fund were received from his many friends and colleagues both in the community and in the Hampden District Medical Society. His wife, Ida L. Millman, contributed $25,000 to the fund, the interest of which was to be used for the annual scholarships awarded to applicants in medical school from Hampden County. Contributions to the fund can be used for memorials and in celebration of events by contacting the district society office.

Every September, three $2,000 scholarships are issued.

Eligibility:

  • Applicant will be accepted or enrolled to an accredited medical school or osteopathic medical school. Scholarship/loan is available to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Applicant’s family must be a resident of Hampden County.

Due to the high burden of medical school debt, the Dr. Max & Ida Millman Foundation Scholarship Fund has a new loan program providing forgiveness of paying back the scholarship/loan. The loan forgiveness only applies when upon completion of medical studies, the recipient returns to Western Massachusetts to practice medicine for 1 year.

If the recipient chooses to work in another state, the scholarship/ loan must be paid back. The scholarship/loan is given at 0% interest and must be repaid after residency and specialty training is completed and the physician has been in practice for three years. Three $2,000 scholarships are awarded each year. The deadline for applications is September 1.

For more information, questions and to obtain an application, please contact Coni Fedora at hampdendistrictmedicalsociety@gmail.com.

Hampden District News

Dr. John O'Reilly honored by Hampden District Medical Society as 2023 Community Clinician of the Year

John O'Reilly

Dr. John O'Reilly has been selected as the Hampden District Medical Society’s 2023 Community Clinician of the Year.

Dr. O'Reilly graduated from Hamilton College in 1980 and Albany Medical College in 1984. He completed his pediatric internship and residency at the University of Maryland in 1987. Dr. O'Reilly attended medical school on a Public Health Service scholarship and began his career in primary care at a federally funded health center in St. Louis.

After fulfilling his scholarship obligation, Dr. O'Reilly joined Kaiser Permanente as a primary care pediatrician in Springfield in 1990. Dr. O'Reilly volunteered to teach Baystate Medical Center's pediatric residents, and he received teaching awards as a community pediatrician.

Dr. O’Reilly joined the Kaiser ethics committee and was trained in clinical medical ethics and in mediation. He subsequently joined Baystate Medical Center's ethics committee, eventually becoming co-chair of that committee. He also joined Baystate’s Schwartz Rounds Committee, which promotes compassionate care of patients and caregivers.

When Kaiser Permanente left the New England area in 1999, Dr O'Reilly joined the Baystate Division of General Pediatrics and Community Health. He maintained his busy primary care practice while teaching pediatrics and ethics to residents and medical students. Dr. O'Reilly became pediatric clerkship director for Tufts medical students and in that role received several more teaching awards.

Dr. O'Reilly became a district representative with the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MCAAP) in 2006. He continued to work with the chapter’s leadership team, becoming president of the MCAAP in 2012. Dr. O'Reilly promoted the role of medical students in the chapter and received the inaugural MCAAP Mentorship Award.

Dr. O'Reilly has served on the boards of several community organizations that promote the health and wellness of individuals with special needs. He has coached Special Olympics teams for almost 25 years.

Although Dr. O'Reilly has retired from his clinical practice, he continues to work on issues that promote the health and well-being of children and families in Western Mass.

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