$1 Million Donation Will Support New State-of-the-Art Gross Anatomy Lab
University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBAannounced today that the School will receive $1 million in philanthropic support from one of the most prominent members and alumni of its Visitors’ Committee, Maurice N. Reid, MD ’99CEO and Medical Director of ExpressCare Urgent Care Centers.
The donation, in support of medical education and recent implementation Renaissance programwill be used to renovate the macroscopic anatomy laboratories of UMSOM with the aim of modernizing this teaching environment for medical students.
“The School of Medicine is deeply grateful to Dr. Reid for his generosity in providing a transformational gift that will undoubtedly enhance the learning environment for all of our students,” says Dean Reece, who is also Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Professor Emeritus. “This gift will help guide UMSOM into the future by providing the technologically advanced infrastructure needed to equip our students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to practice medicine.”
Dr. Reid noted that modernized teaching spaces and new technologies are key to implementing innovative learning methods. “As a doctor and a graduate of the School, I recognize the importance of being on the front lines of medicine and medical education“, said Dr. Reid. “I am thrilled to be able to support the Renaissance curriculum by supporting the creation of a state-of-the-art anatomical learning center that will help train future generations of physicians. »
UMSOM’s commitment to providing and maintaining an appropriate, comfortable, state-of-the-art educational environment conducive to learning is a top priority for the Office of Medical Education. Donna L. Parker, MD, FACP, professor of medicine and senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education, believes the anatomy lab renovations provided by Dr. Reid’s donation will benefit students throughout their pre-clerkship studies. “With our Renaissance program, students no longer learn anatomy in a single course at the start of the first year,” she says. “They now revisit the anatomy lab during different blocks across the entire pre-clerkship program, so they learn anatomy as well as the physiology and pathophysiology of each organ system.
The current laboratory space, originally built in the 1970s, will accommodate various “Infrastructure improvements as well as new equipment, such as mobile and height-adjustable operating bed stations with smart monitors and surgical fall lighting”, said Dr. Parker. “We are also looking to add innovative technology to the space. This gift from Dr. Reid will help provide our students with a wonderful, up-to-date environment in which to learn.
Adam C. Puche, PhDprofessor and vice-chair of the department of anatomy and neurobiology at UMSOM, added: “As part of the Renaissance program, anatomy education has been restructured with an increased focus on clinical relevance and tight integration into systems-based learning,” he said. “During this process, we recognized that the existing infrastructure of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory at UMSOM was inadequate to provide modern teaching technologies to our students. The renovations made possible through this donation will transform UMSOM’s Gross Anatomy teaching labs into a state-of-the-art facility, providing our medical students with a modern teaching environment for the study of anatomy.
The record of Dr. Reid’s philanthropic giving to UMSOM is very remarkable. In 2019, he donated $500,000 to support the Maurice N. Reid, MD Collaborative Learning Space. In 2021, it committed over $300,000 to support a pilot cohort of point-of-care ultrasound training for medical students, as well as a more recent commitment of $100,000 to support the Center for training and innovation in advanced research (CARTI).
Dr. Reid received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1999, followed by an emergency medicine residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. After completing his residency, he served as an assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine and later worked as the clinical director of the emergency department at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore, MD. In 2004, Dr. Reid left academia to pursue his desire to open an urgent care center in Harford County. In March 2005, Dr. Reid founded ExpressCare Urgent Care Centers and opened his first location in Bel Air, MD. Since opening its doors, ExpressCare has expanded to more than 30 locations in three states and has formed a strategic partnership with LifeBridge Health, which now owns a minority share of ExpressCare.
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