Office of the Dean

O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2013-2014 Fellows

Meet the 2013-2014 Fellows

David Thomas, PhD

David ThomasDr. Thomas has been a member of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine since 2011. Before joining OUWB, Dr. Thomas held faculty positions at Wayne State University’s School of Medicine and College of Pharmacy, where his VA- and NIH-funded research examined the role of microglia in methamphetamine neurotoxicity. Dr. Thomas serves as a reviewer for numerous biomedical journals and evaluates educational resources for the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), MedEdPORTAL, and the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBL-C). A certified TBL Consultant, he is involved in the development and delivery of TBL activities throughout the curriculum. Dr. Thomas serves on numerous OUWB committees and is the faculty adviser for Medical Student Government and several Student Interest Groups.


FME Project

OUWB admits a fair number of students who have non-traditional undergraduate degrees and/or who have experienced a significant hiatus following their undergraduate education. Regardless of circumstance, some students have difficulty transitioning to an intense medical school curriculum. Numerous medical schools have workshops or pre-enrollment programs to assist students who might experience such difficulties. Dr. Thomas’ FME project is designed to identify schools that have these types of programs, characterize their content and manner of delivery, and conduct a needs assessment to determine if such a program would benefit OUWB. Conversations with current OUWB students, Admissions staff, and Biomedical Sciences faculty will be integral in the design of the program.

Asha Shajahan, MD, MHSA

Asha ShajahanDr. Shajahan is a community health and wellness advocate.    She has a special interest in health policy which has led her to work for the United States Senate at the Office of Carl Levin in Washington, DC and the Office of Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to improve healthcare access for the uninsured in Detroit. She has a strong passion for helping the underserved and spends time volunteering at health clinics as well as working for non-profit organizations. She is the vice-chair of Healthy Detroit, a non-profit organization based on the U.S. Surgeon General’s  National Prevention Strategy committed to making Detroit a healthier city.  She is the co-founder of PCAcare the only support and advocacy group for posterior cortical atrophy patients and their families in the United States.  She helped establish the Michigan Chapter of VIBHA an organization that brings education and health to children in India.  She also serves on the ethics committee at Angela Hospice and is a member of the Beaumont Community Coalition.   Dr. Shajahan enjoys bollyfit, zumba and yoga in her spare time.  Dr. Shajahan believes that involving the fine arts with health can lead to wellness.  



FME Project

To create an innovative longitudinal three year community medicine program for the Beaumont Family Medicine Residency in Grosse Pointe.  This program will be achieved by encompassing the four strategic directions and the seven priorities of the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) put forth by the US Surgeon General.  A needs assessment will be performed to compare the priorities of the Beaumont Family Medicine Center’s population with the overall needs of Americans shown by the NPS.    This data will then be compared with the data collected by Beaumont Health System’s 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment to identify gaps in care in an effort to provide high quality care tailored to the community.  The creation of this community medicine program can serve as a model for future residencies and patient centered medical homes due to its emphasis on prevention, health disparities and specific community needs identified through the needs assessment.  

Maham Siddiqi, MD

Maham Siddiqi Dr. Siddiqi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and works as a full time hospitalist physician at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Dr. Siddiqi received her medical degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan and completed her residency training at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. She has been a staff physician and member of the academic faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Beaumont Health System since 2013. Her research interests lie in curriculum development for non-traditional and international medical graduates and her research has been published in BMC Health Services, Gut, JPMA and Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy.

FME Project

The goal of the project is to evaluate different learning approaches that residents may take to traditional teaching. The suggestion is that residents from international backgrounds may have learning styles that are more traditional than the "millennials" we presume our overall cohort of residents to be. Dr. Siddiqi hopes to identify this as a need wherein teaching faculty may benefit from training in different learning approaches to more fully serve our resident population.


Virginia Uhley, PhD

Virginia UhleyDr. Uhley joined the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in 2012 as Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. She is responsible for the development, integration, and assessment of the longitudinal nutrition curriculum (M1-M4).

Dr. Uhley earned her graduate degrees from Wayne State University in Nutrition and Food Science with a minor in Physiology. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical laboratory biomarkers associated with health risks in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. Prior to joining the OUWB School of Medicine she held faculty, clinical, and research appointments at Wayne State University and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Uhley’s research focuses on the role of nutrition on the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases such as obesity, cancer, and diabetes. She is an expert in nutrition assessment methodology, measurement of clinical laboratory biomarkers associated with dietary intake, and medical nutrition therapy for obesity, diabetes, and cancer.


FME Project

Medical education has been historically focused on the acute care model of disease management, while chronic diseases have become the largest health issues. Obesity is one the leading chronic diseases that impacts the health of the U.S. population. Due to the complexity of chronic diseases such as obesity, it is critical that there is protected training time in both medical school and residency program curricula to be able to align the education of future physicians with the current predicted needs of patients. The AAMC identified that medical schools “must ensure that before graduation a student will have demonstrated knowledge of and an understanding of the role of nutrition and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity.” Dr. Uhley’s  FME project is to design an innovative approach to integrate obesity education into the OUWB  curricula.  This proposed thematic integration will include topics such as obesity identification, prevention, and treatment.