The William B. and Gertrude F. Coen Lectureship
This lectureship was established in 1991 and funded by the Coen family to honor the late Gertrude F. and Dr. William B. Coen. The purpose of this funded lectureship is to foster effective communication between hospital staff, patients, and those close to the patient, an issue of great importance to Dr. Coen during his many years of exemplary service at Baystate Medical Center.
William B. Coen, one of the first physician administrators of Baystate Medical Center, helped two community hospitals evolve into one medical center with the merger that established Baystate Medical Center in 1976. Appointed acting Vice-President for Medical Affairs, Dr. Coen helped resolve difficult issues of merger with patience, skill, and commitment to the idea of the new medical center.
An internist, Dr. Coen undertook administrative work to meet the needs of the former Wesson Memorial Hospital where he was first appointed Director of Clinical Services in 1972. At the time, there were very few physician administrators. Since then, the position of physician-administrator has developed in response to the needs of a changing health care environment. Decisions facing hospitals are more complex today, with far-reaching implications for physicians, patients and the public. A physician can bring a fresh and unique perspective to hospital deliberations. Dr. Coen did that throughout his service at Baystate, benefiting both the hospital and the community.
Born in Russia, Dr. Coen graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine, and first joined Wesson Memorial Hospital in 1938. After retiring from administrative duties in 1980, he remained on the active staff of Baystate until 1985.
Martin I. Broder Education Day
Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Dr. Martin I. Broder received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he experienced firsthand the effects of innovative medical education. This was followed by medical internship, residency, and chief residency at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital (now MetroHealth Medical Center) with one year at the University of Chicago Hospitals. During this period he benefited from working with medical educators who embodied the ideals of professionalism, teamwork, collegiality, and willingness to experiment with different approaches to medical education at all levels. Cardiology fellowship followed at the University of London Institute of Cardiology and National Heart Hospital in London, England where he was able to compare and contrast the different approaches to teaching and learning in the United States and Great Britain.
Dr. Broder has received a Teaching Scholarship from the American Heart Association and numerous citations for Excellence in Teaching from Tufts University School of Medicine. He now teaches medical students at Tufts and cardiology fellows at Baystate, as well as working on curricular projects in the Office of Educational Affairs such as the development of better techniques for linking the knowledge and experiences of medical residency program directors with accrediting bodies developing new standards for medical residency education. He has also been on the faculties of the medical schools of Case Western Reserve University and Georgetown University.