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Public Safety firsts: Dr. Sharon Baucom

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is proud to count among its employees so many “firsts.” We will continue to spotlight some of our high achievers throughout Black History Month and beyond. 

Karan and Sharon Baucom, the college years.

Dr. Baucom with Chloe Seergae – daughter of Communications and Public Information Associate Renata Seergae.

TOWSON, MD — When it comes to our staff, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is particular about hiring the best.

That fastidiousness really pays off.

Case in point: Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director of Clinical services, Dr. Sharon Baucom. Dr. Baucom has a long and distinguished career – and it began well before  her 16 years with Public Safety; before her years as Deputy Director of Clinical Services for the Richmond City Health Department; even before her time as Corporate Medical Director in the private industry.

Dr. Baucom made history in 1971 when she and her twin sister became the first minorities accepted into the University of Missouri Kansas City Medical School, and the only students to be admitted to medical school as third-year undergraduate students.

Of course, the Baucoms’ history-making achievements were only possible after years of hard work. As black women in the 1960s, they faced their share of obstacles, but none, apparently, was great enough to stop their exceptional intellect, dedication, and well-deserved confidence.

That confidence was on display in a 1978 article in the New York Times titled “Black Sisters: Doctors Without Fanfare.”

“I would have been a credit to any place that had accepted me,” Dr. Baucom said at the time.

Thirty-two years later, we couldn’t agree more.

 

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is proud to count among its employees so many “firsts.” We will continue to spotlight some of our high achievers throughout Black History Month and beyond. 


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