Group image of the 2019 Medalists at a recent meeting

Joslin Diabetes Center's Medalist Celebration

Made possible through the Generosity of The Thomas J. Beatson, Jr. Foundation

Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Meet and socialize (safely) with your fellow Medalists at this year’s Medalist Celebration on Saturday, October, 16, 2021. Hear from clinicians and researchers from the Joslin Medalist Study and take part in a special medal presentation for your peers receiving their 75 and 80 year medals.

As the health of our attendees is our primary concern, we are requiring Medalists and guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a FDA authorized vaccine in order to attend the event in-person (limited to 200 people). All guests who have RSVP’ed to attend the in-person event must email a copy of your vaccination card and photo ID to safety [at] joslin.harvard.edu no later than September 17, 2021. We will also offer a virtual component for those who wish to participate in the event from the comfort of their own home. Click here to RSVP.

Honoring the memory of Thomas J. Beatson, Jr.

Thomas J. Beatson, Jr.

Thomas J. Beatson, Jr. led a busy and fulfilling life while managing his type 1 diabetes.  Diagnosed as a child in 1942, Tom became a strong advocate for research into type 1 diabetes. When Tom learned of the Medalist Study at Joslin he volunteered to participate, which led him to proudly receive his 50 year medal in 1996. Tom became one of Joslin’s most generous philanthropists supporting numerous programs. Tom passed away in 2016, a year before he would have received his 75 year medal. We continue to honor Tom during the Medalist Celebration and will always remember his kindness, loyalty and great smile.

Event Information

Vaccination Requirements

We are requiring event attendees, including Medalists and their guests, to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine in order to attend the event in-person and must provide proof of vaccination to Joslin no later than September 17, 2021. “Fully vaccinated” means you must be:

  • At least 14 days after your second dose of an FDA authorized two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • At least 14 days after your single dose of an FDA authorized single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

Attendees should submit proof of vaccination as follows:

  • Email a copy of your vaccination card and photo ID to safety [at] joslin.harvard.edu. You may scan or use your phone to make a copy. This information will be held in the strictest of confidence. If email is not possible for you, please contact 617-309-2412.
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all attendees must also present a copy of a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. All attendees must be 18 years or older.

Options for those unvaccinated include joining via Zoom or receiving the recording following the event.

Mask Policy

Vaccinated attendees are invited to wear or not wear a mask as is most comfortable for them. Joslin will have masks available at the event.

Social Distancing

Because of the high demand for in-person attendance it will not be possible to have social distancing for the entire event though we will make every effort to do so. The event will be limited to 200 total attendees.

Other COVID Protocols

  • Food will be served individually plated or packaged.
  • Ventilation is standard hotel ballroom. We will have assigned seating and eliminate high touch points where possible.
  • EPA approved cleaning products are used along with rigorous cleaning and sanitation protocols.
  • Specific health and safety protocols are subject to change but will be clearly communicated to attendees.

If an attendee is uncomfortable attending in-person, we will make the event available live via Zoom as well as offer a recorded copy of the event. Click here to RSVP for the virtual event. If you have already RSVP’d for the in-person event but would like to change your attendance to virtual please contact us as soon as possible at rsvpmedalist [at] joslin.harvard.edu or 617-309-2412.

Joslin has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge, MA. If you would like to reserve a room, visit sonesta.com or call the hotel directly at 1-800-SONESTA to request the Joslin group rate of $255 per night.

Reservations must be received on or before Friday, September 11, 2021. After this date, it is at the hotel’s discretion whether to accept additional reservations, which will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

While there is no charge to attend the Medalist Celebration, Medalists are financially responsible for their travel arrangements and accommodations.

The Royal Sonesta Boston is conveniently located in Cambridge close to the Kendall/MIT and Lechmere MBTA subway stops. Close to the Museum of Science, duck boats and river boat tours, you may enjoy quintessential Boston attractions. For your convenience, the hotel also offers a daily courtesy shuttle to the Cambridge area including Harvard Square, Central Square and more.

How do I RSVP for the Medalist Celebration?

You can RSVP for the in-person or virtual event by clicking here. We will ask you for your name, the name of your guest, your address, phone number, email and allergies/dietary restrictions.

 

May I bring a guest with me to the Medalist Celebration?

Yes, Medalists are welcome to bring one guest to the Medalist Celebration. This guest must be vaccinated if they plan on attending in-personWe ask that you not bring more than one guest as space is limited and we want to accommodate as many of your peers as we can.

 

What COVID-19 precautions are you taking to keep the event safe?

As the health of our attendees is our primary concern we are requiring Medalists and guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an authorized vaccine in order to attend the event in-person (limited to 200 people). All guests who have RSVP’ed to attend the in-person event must email a copy of your vaccination card and photo ID to safety [at] joslin.harvard.edu no later than September 17, 2021. Additional precautions include socially distanced seating, eliminating shared touch points when possible, frequently sanitizing high-touch spaces, providing individual food items, providing pens/pads by request only and more. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 617-309-2412 or email rsvpmedalist [at] joslin.harvard.edu.

 

Why do I have to be vaccinated to attend in-person?

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, Joslin is taking necessary precautions to safely host the Medalist Celebration this year, while putting the health of our attendees first. As such, Joslin is requiring that all Medalists and their guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend the event in person. While no one can assure 100% safety, please know that our COVID-19 protocols for this event are well-considered and reflect the best guidance available at this time. These protocols may change as health and safety requirements evolve. Attendees will be given notice of any changes.

 

How do I submit my proof of vaccination?

All guests who have RSVP’d to attend the in-person event must email a copy of your vaccination card and photo ID to safety [at] joslin.harvard.edu no later than September 17, 2021. You can use your phone to take a picture of your vaccine card and photo ID and email it to us or you can scan your card and photo ID and email it to us. Please know that this information will be held in the strictest of confidence. If you experience difficulties, email us at rsvpmedalist [at] joslin.harvard.edu or call 617-309-2412

 

I can’t come to Boston for the event. Will I be able to attend the event virtually?

Yes, in addition to the 200 people that can attend in-person, we will be offering Medalists the option to attend virtually. To RSVP virtually, click here.

 

How do I book a hotel room for the Medalist Celebration?

Reserve a room at the Royal Sonesta Boston by visiting sonesta.com or by calling the hotel directly at 1-800-SONESTA. The Joslin group rate is $255 per night. Reservations by attendees must be received on or before Friday, September 11, 2021. After this date, it is at the hotel’s discretion whether to accept additional reservations, which will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

 

Will Joslin pay for my travel accommodations?

While there is no cost to attend the Medalist Celebration, individuals are financially responsible for their travel arrangements and accommodations.

 

What is the agenda for the Medalist Celebration?

The Medalist Celebration will feature a number of scientific presentations from clinicians and researchers of the Joslin Medalist Study. In addition, you will have the opportunity to be a part of a special medal presentation as some of your peers receive their 75 and 80 year medals. The event will also feature breakout sessions where you can choose the topic of interest to you. More information will become available in the coming months.