Founded in 1807 as the first public medical school in the nation and the founding institution of the University System of Maryland, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is a fast-growing biomedical research institution with nationally ranked professional schools of dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and an interdisciplinary graduate school. UMB has trained the majority of the state’s physicians, nurses, dentists, lawyers, social workers, and pharmacists.
When Cathy Lee, in her late 20’s, realized she wasn’t happy working as an accountant, she told her boss at the time that if she could do it all over again, she would have become a pharmacist like other members of her family. He told her, “You’re still young - go do it.” So Lee did, and made a dramatic career change. After researching pharmacy programs throughout the United States, she chose the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), one of the top ten programs in the nation. And because Lee wanted to live in Rockville in proximity to friends, she then opted to enroll in the expanded pharmacy program conveniently located at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Graduating in Spring 2011, Lee and 37 other students were a part of USG’s first graduating PharmD class. The USG program also gave Lee the flexibility she wanted, with online lectures provided by Baltimore-based faculty and available when she is available. Experiential learning takes place at the USG campus in a new 2000-square-foot state-of-the-art practice lab with a simulation model pharmacy and a patient counseling suite, facilitated by USG resident faculty. Following graduation, Lee entered a two-year residency in oncology, a challenging area of study that engages her mind and always has something new to evaluate, she explained. More than just counting numbers, Cathy Lee is now counting the number of lives she can impact.