OU-Beaumont med school welcomes inaugural students

Oakland University’s William Beaumont School of Medicine welcomed its
first class of 50 students, Aug. 8.
Michigan’s first new medical school in 47 years attracted more than
3,200 applicants for the school’s first class. The unique program offers
students four years of basic science combined with clinical training
and focuses on participatory small-group learning.

Of the 50 students admitted, 70 percent are Michigan residents and 15
percent of the students have moved to Michigan to attend the new school.
William Beaumont School of Medicine also plans to tackle the predicted
shortage of physicians in Michigan while improving the quality of
medical care.

“Our focus is on educating the type of physician that you would want to
care for you and your family — one who is a master of the science of
health care delivery,” said Robert Folberg, M.D. and founding dean of
the school.

After the initial 50 students, the School of Medicine is planning for
classes to grow by 25 students each year, with a plateau at 125
students. Both Oakland and Beaumont are planning to build medical school
buildings on their campuses to prepare for the anticipated expansion.

For more information on the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, visit oakland.edu/medicine.