Founding Dean Robert Folberg, M.D., was notified that the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine has been granted full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
This five-year accreditation fulfills a promise Oakland University and Beaumont Health System leaders made six years ago to build an innovative new medical school in Oakland County committed to providing exceptional training for new physicians.
"We are grateful to many people from Oakland and Beaumont and to our faculty, staff and students for having the vision and drive to reach today's announcement of full accreditation," said Dr. Folberg.
The LCME, sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association, is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to a medical degree in the United States and Canada.
"Medical education has been a part of Beaumont's mission throughout its 60-year history and is a commitment that is shared by Oakwood and Botsford, our partners in the new Beaumont Health," says Gene Michalski, president and CEO, Beaumont Health. "We congratulate Dean Folberg, his staff and the OUWB faculty, including 1,405 Beaumont physician faculty members, for attaining this important milestone for our medical school."
"We couldn't be more delighted by today's LCME news of full accreditation," added Oakland University President George W. Hynd. "We are proud of the work done by Dr. Folberg and his team, including our partners at Beaumont. We know our medical students will appreciate this validation that their medical education is rated among the very best in the country."
OUWB is now preparing for the school's first residency Match Day on March 20, when students will learn where they will attend their residency programs. The school will graduate its inaugural class of 47 students on May 15.
Interviews are currently under way for its fifth class where 125 students will be accepted into the new class from more than 6,100 applicants.
OUWB now joins allopathic, M.D.-granting, medical schools in Michigan at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Michigan State University with full accreditation.
About Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine is a collaborative, diverse, inclusive, and technologically advanced learning community, dedicated to enabling students to become skillful, ethical, and compassionate physicians, inquisitive scientists who are invested in the scholarship of discovery, and dynamic and effective medical educators.
About Beaumont Health
Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for Southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. It consists of eight hospitals with 3,337 beds, 153 outpatient sites, 5,000 physicians, more than 33,000 employees and about 3,500 volunteers. In 2013, the combined organizations had 168,047 inpatient admissions, 15,997 births and 492,677 emergency visits. For more information, visit beaumonthealth.org