Oakland University William Beaumont medical school graduates charter class

The future looks bright for the 47 students who crossed the stage during Oakland University William Beaumont (OUWB) School of Medicine's first-ever commencement ceremony, which took place May 15 in Oakland University's athletic O'rena. OUWB leaders, public officials, distinguished visitors, and families and friends were on hand as graduates marked an important milestone in their personal and professional lives.

Members of OUWB's charter class were selected from more than 3,200 applicants nationwide when the school opened in 2011 as Michigan's first new M.D.-granting allopathic medical school in nearly 50 years. Guided by Founding Dean Robert Folberg, the school gained full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. OUWB was designed to transform medical education by emphasizing holistic physician development – a "liberal arts medical education" that is grounded in evidence-based medical science.

"Our graduates have excelled academically and are engaged with their communities," Dr. Folberg said. "They are also physicians who are compassionate, who listen with focused intensity, and who communicate clearly with elevated cultural awareness."

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