Hektoen International wins 4th consecutive APEX Award

The APEX Award of Excellence announced last week that Hektoen International (www.hektin.org) the Hektoen Institute of Medicine’s digital medical humanities journal has been named a winner of their Award of Excellence in the Magazines, Journals & Tabloids – electronic publications category for the fourth consecutive year.  The APEX Awards are sponsored by Communications Concepts and has held the publishing, editing, writing and design competition for 33 years.  Other 2023 APEX Award winners include publications by:

  • The American College of Radiology
  • AARP – the magazine
  • The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

Hektoen International debuted in 2008 and features more than 3,000 articles submitted by U.S. and international authors on medical humanities topics such as ethics, nursing, infectious diseases, surgery and noted physicians.  Promoted as an interface of medicine, culture and education, Hektoen International averages more than 1 million on-line visits a year and has more than 35,000 subscribers.  

Hektoen International has strong followings on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms and in an effort to ensure that it stays contemporary held its first essay competition exclusively for medical students, interns and residents this year.  The editorial staff also plans to launch an updated mobile version and explore new ways to utilize the publication as an educational tool this year.

About the Hektoen Institute of Medical Research

Named after noted researcher, Dr. Ludvig Hektoen, the Hektoen Institute of Medicine was founded in 1943 by a group of prominent Cook County physicians as a venue for funding and conducting medical research and education.  Hektoen has conducted medical research resulting in the publication of more than 2,700 scientific papers and advanced medical education through lectures, symposia, and fellowships. 

Hektoen has historically risen to the occasion for the good of the public health of Chicago. It manages a vast portfolio of clinical research and public health delivery grants with a strong presence in HIV-AIDS research and was vital in Cook County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Known internationally as a leader in the promotion of the medical humanities it is also a supporter of and/or partner in numerous community organizations, such as Nurses and the Humanities, Luminarts, Youth Guidance, the Illinois Association of Free & Charitable Clinics and the Foxglove Alliance Chicago healthcare coalition.


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