Open book . . . Raymond Lee SOM ’14

May 04, 2011

Each Wednesday, the Daily Voice introduces you to a student or resident at UMass Medical School. We’ve asked our subjects to answer a few questions that might reveal a little of their personalities. If you know someone who you’d like to see profiled, let us know at


Raymond Lee SOM ’14, a member of Kelley House, is from Marston Mills. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont

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Why did you choose UMass Medical School? 

I went to an out-of-state university for undergrad and although I was still able to drive home, I wanted to go somewhere that was a little closer. When I interviewed here and saw how happy all the students were, combined with UMass’s renowned reputation, I knew I couldn’t go wrong. 

Describe yourself in six words or fewer. 

Studying machine. 

If you were stranded on a deserted island, name three things you would want. 

The only thing I would want would be my USMLE Step 1 First Aid book. That way, when someone does finally come and rescue me, I’ll be all set to take the boards. I’m only kidding. I would want a book, preferably one with short chapters (makes me feel more accomplished), a camera to document my adventures, and finally a GPS phone to call for someone to rescue me when I get bored. I’m not cut out for Mother Nature. 

If you could have dinner with a famous person, living or dead, who would that be and why? 

Snooki because honestly, who wouldn’t? 

What person or experience made you decide to pursue a medical degree and why? 

I went to the doctor a lot when I was younger and became fascinated with these people who tried to “fix” me. Because of that, I decided from a very early age that I wanted to become a doctor as well. Throughout high school and college, I shadowed in different areas of medicine and knew that this was the right career path for me. 

What is the most interesting or challenging job (paid or unpaid) you’ve ever had and what did you learn about yourself? 

I worked in a lab as an undergrad, which taught me a lot about independence, responsibility and time management, especially since I had to plan out my experiments around my class schedule. More importantly, it showed me how important a great team dynamic was for success. 

What would your fellow students be surprised to learn about you? 

Some already know this, but I can’t swim. I swear, I’m just made to sink. 

If UMass Medical School had not been an option, what would you be doing right now? 

I would probably be traveling. My dream is to visit Hong Kong and bring my parents, who haven’t gone back since they left more than 25 years ago. 

If you could change the world as a physician, what would you like to do? 

As cliché as it sounds, all I would want would be to change at least one person’s life for the better. I have some personal incentive for this, but I won’t bore you with the details. 

Most surprising thing you’ve found out about medical school? 

There’s so much free food. The key is to stay in the library late enough, and you’re bound to find free food. 

Most surprising thing you’ve discovered about Worcester? 

When driving, U-turns are your friend. I guess I’m just used to driving in small towns.