University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Rees, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the school will receive $1 million in philanthropic support from one of its most distinguished Board of Visitors members and alumni, Maurice N. Reed, Ph.D. ’99CEO and Medical Director of ExpressCare Urgent Care Centers.
The gift, in support of medical education and the newly implemented Renaissance Curriculum, will be used to renovate UMSOM’s gross anatomy laboratories in an effort to modernize this learning environment for medical students.
Reed noted that modernized learning spaces and new technologies are essential to implementing innovative learning methods.
“As a physician and alumnus of the School, I recognize the importance of being on the front lines of medicine and medical education,” Reed said. “I am thrilled to support the Renaissance Curriculum by supporting the creation of a state-of-the-art anatomy teaching facility that will help train future generations of physicians.”
UMSOM’s commitment to providing and maintaining an appropriate educational environment that is comfortable, technologically up-to-date and conducive to learning is a top priority for the Office of Medical Education.
Donna L. Parker, MD, FACPprofessor of medicine and senior associate dean for undergraduate medical education, believes the anatomy lab renovations made possible by the Reed gift will benefit students throughout their pre-clerkship training.
“With our Renaissance curriculum, students no longer learn anatomy in one course at the beginning of freshman year,” she said. “They now review the anatomy lab during various blocks of the entire pre-clerkship curriculum so that they learn the anatomy along with the physiology and pathophysiology of each organ system.”
The current lab space, originally built in the 1970s, will receive various “infrastructure improvements along with new equipment, such as mobile and height-adjustable operating beds with smart monitors and surgical lighting,” Parker said. “We are also looking to add innovative technology to the space. This gift from Dr. Reed will make it possible to provide our students with a wonderful and updated environment in which to learn.”
Adam S. Puche, Ph.D, professor and vice chair of the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at UMSOM, added, “As part of the renaissance curriculum, the teaching of anatomy was restructured with an increased focus on clinical relevance and tight integration into systems-based learning. During this process, we realized that the existing infrastructure of the UMSOM Gross Anatomy Laboratory was insufficient to provide advanced teaching technology to our students. The renovations made possible by this gift will upgrade UMSOM’s gross anatomy teaching laboratories to a state-of-the-art facility, providing our medical students with a modern learning environment for the study of anatomy.
Reed’s record of 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, he committed more than $300,000 to support a pilot ultrasound training cohort for medical students, along with a more recent commitment of $100,000 to support the Center for Advanced Research, Training and Innovation (CARTI).
Reed earned his medical degree from UMSOM in 1999, followed by an emergency medicine residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. After completing his residency, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and later served as Clinical Director of the Emergency Department at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore, MD. In 2004, Reed left academia to pursue his desire to open an urgent care center in Harford County. In March 2005, Reed founded ExpressCare Urgent Care Centers and opened its first location in Bel Air, Maryland. Since opening its doors, ExpressCare has grown to more than 30 locations in three states and formed a strategic partnership with LifeBridge Health, which now owns a minority stake in ExpressCare.