Joslin Medalist Program Background
What is the Joslin Medalist Program?
The Medalist Program at Joslin Diabetes Center recognizes those with diabetes who have been insulin-dependent for 25, 50, or 75 years. Joslin first began awarding medals to people with diabetes in 1948 with a 25-year Victory Medal. Believing that proper self-management was the key to minimizing long-term complications, the program was the vision of Elliott P. Joslin, M.D. and served as an incentive for those committed to good, though challenging, diabetes care. As more and more people lived long healthy lives with diabetes, it finally became the 25-year Certificate that is awarded today. In 1970, Joslin expanded the program and began awarding a 50-year bronze medal. Joslin presented the first 75-year medal in 1996.
Since 1970, Joslin Diabetes Center has presented more than 3,800 50-year medals. Joslin has also awarded more than 60 distinctive 75-year medals from 1996 to present. To date, more than 950 people have received certificates recognizing 25 years with diabetes.The Medalist program is far reaching, and Joslin has awarded medals across the country and around the world. Medals have been presented internationally to recipients in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, South America, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Medalists at the
June 2011 Medalist Celebration
at Joslin Diabetes Center
Page last updated: May 19, 2013