What is COMPASS?
“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."
Embedded within the word compassionate is the word COMPASS, six letters that speak volumes.
Each of these six letters conveys a message relevant to future physicians.
To be caring practitioners in this twenty-first century, physicians
must be collaborative, understand community, and connect to community
Outreach: Physicians must reach out to communities to ensure positive health outcomes.
Medical Mentors: Just as Physicians are mentored through their education, they must become mentors and role models who are mindful of their influence on health maintenance across the age spectrum of patients.
Physicians: There is an obligation for physicians to be scientists, scholars and ethical humanitarians who deliver caring compassionate quality care to patients in this 21 century.
Advocacy: Physicians are accomplished advocates for vulnerable populations assuring that professional voices advocate for accessible, affordable care.
Scholarship: Through scholarship physicians acquire the substantive knowledge and the specialized skill sets needed to deliver sustainable, superior patient care.
Skill: Skilled physicians can surmount barriers to provide superior patient care while simultaneously experiencing personal satisfaction through service.
COMPASS is the official address for community engagement at the OUWB School of Medicine
Just as a compass aids navigation and guides one's direction, COMPASS guides our medical school community in keeping true to our vision: "to lead in promoting, maintaining, and restoring health to individuals and communities served by the school and its graduates."