Oakland University med school dean steps down

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published January 23, 2019

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Founding Dean Robert Folberg will step down soon from the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

“It has been a privilege for me to have served as the founding dean of the OUWB School of Medicine,” Folberg said in a statement. “I am very grateful for what we have accomplished.”

Folberg will remain a member of the OU faculty and is currently a professor in foundational medical studies, pathology and ophthalmology.     

Ten years ago, Folberg oversaw the establishment of Michigan’s first new medical school in more than half a century when OU welcomed 50 medical students. Since then, the school has grown to add 125 students each year and receives thousand of applications annually. Folberg also led faculty and staff efforts to achieve the school’s full accreditation.

“Given my experience with medical schools across the country, there is no question Dean Folberg has established a top-rate medical school with a truly unique and innovative mission, extraordinarily accomplished and dedicated faculty, and a growing list of exemplary academic and community engagement achievements,” OU President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz said in a statement. “His efforts will benefit students, patients and communities here in Michigan, as well as across the nation, for generations to come.”

“Dean Folberg has led the development of a curriculum and culture that prepare future physicians to deliver caring and compassionate service to patients,” Beaumont Health Chief Medical Officer David Wood said in a statement. “We are so grateful to Dean Folberg for all of his contributions.”

Folberg will step down on a date to be determined, according to OU officials, who will appoint an interim dean and engage a search firm to launch a national search for the next medical school dean.

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