Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Dean Duane Mezwa, center left, speaks with OUWB medical students, from the left, Joshua Volin, Brett Friedman, Rachel Kaltoff and Mallory Peters at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Dean Duane Mezwa, center left, speaks with OUWB medical students, from the left, Joshua Volin, Brett Friedman, Rachel Kaltoff and Mallory Peters at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

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OU, Beaumont approve 20-year extension of medical school

By: Mary Beth Almond | Metro | Published March 24, 2021

ROCHESTER — Looking to the future, Oakland University and William Beaumont Hospital have agreed to extend their medical school affiliation agreement by 20 years.

“The 20-year extension reaffirms that Oakland University and William Beaumont Hospital are deeply committed to providing a premier educational environment for developing OUWB medical students into compassionate, ethical and highly skilled physicians,” OU President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz said in a statement.

The initiative to fund a new medical school was first approved by both the Beaumont Hospital board of directors and the Oakland University board of trustees on July 31, 2008.

Since then, Oakland University and Beaumont Health have supported the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in its efforts “to lead innovation in patient-centered medical education and research.”

The new agreement was approved by the Oakland University board Feb. 15 and by the Beaumont Health board Feb. 17.

Beaumont Health President and CEO John Fox said it’s critically important to provide “exceptional training and education” for the next generation of physicians.

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Oakland University, and I know our physicians, nurses and staff are very pleased to continue working with OUWB’s outstanding medical students,” Fox said in a statement.

The new terms allow Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine students to continue to train at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak; Beaumont Hospital, Troy; and Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe through 2041. Officials say the extended partnership also enhances research capabilities, essentially allowing students to share data more easily and expand the amount of research conducted.

OU’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Britt Rios-Ellis said the school has created an economic impact of up to $1 billion annually and has “seen great success” in educating nearly 550 students to help address a statewide and national shortage of physicians.

For more information, visit oakland.edu.