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

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

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Student Support

OUWB School of Medicine is focused on helping students maximize their academic performance while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Academic workshops are offered throughout the school year, ranging from note-taking and test-taking to time management and balance.

The Peer Tutoring Program is another valuable resource offered to OUWB medical students. Tutors are upper-class students who can help clarify course content through group tutoring and one-on-one sessions.

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Resources Available M1-M4 years

Student Affairs Career Advisors:

  • Sandra LaBlance, Ph.D.
  • Angela Nuzzarallo, M.D., MHPE

M1 Year Activities
  • Orientation: AAMC Careers in Medicine Presentation
  • PRISM: Values and Careers in Medicine Session
  • Workshop: CV Preparation for Summer Internship
  • 2015/2016 - Specialty Information Nights

M2 Year Activities
  • PRISM: Feedback, Self-Assessment and Choosing a Career in Medicine
  • 2015/2016 - Specialty Information Nights

M3 Year Activities
  • All students assigned a Student Affairs Career Advisors
  • Students assigned Departmental Career Advisors: Specialty Specific
  • One-on-one Advising
  • Specialty Information Sessions
  • Career Advising Survey - to Review Student Progress

PRISM Course will cover:

  • Careers in Medicine Overview: Using the Tool to Research Specialty Options
  • Writing the Curriculum Vitae
  • Requesting Letters of Recommendation and Choosing a Specialty
  • VSAS and planning the M4 year
  • MSPE and the Residency Application Process
  • ERAS and the Application Process
  • Whiting your Personal Statement
  • Residency Interviewing

M4 Year Activities
  • One-on-one Advising
  • Mock Interviews
  • SOAP Advising/Support

PRISM Course will Cover:

  • Revisiting the Residency Application Process , the MSPE, and the Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview Refresher, NRMP Registration and Match Day Information
  • Rank Order Lists, SOAP and Match Day Results
  • Life After Medical School: Beginning Residency


Meet the
Student Affairs Team

Angela Nuzzarello, M.D., MHPE
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Angela Nuzzarello, MD, MHPE

Dr. Nuzzarello created the PRISM program and serves as co-director. She also serves as Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Her career in medical education spans over 25 years and during that time she has taught in communication skills, ethics, professionalism, behavioral science and psychiatry curricula. Dr. Nuzzarello has a special interest in career development and medical student wellness and has presented at national conferences on varied student affairs topics. Her clinical focus is in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Dr. Nuzzarello is available to meet with students regarding personal or academic concerns, career advising, or any other matter.

Sandra LaBlance, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Career Development

Sandra LaBlance, Ph.D., is the assistant dean of student affairs and career development. Dr. LaBlance has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, most recently at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where she served as director of academic and career counseling followed by three years of post-doctoral research with a focus on the socio-cultural issues that impact the career paths of biomedical scientists. Other research completed by Dr. LaBlance includes work focused on the role of relationships in medical student specialty choice as well as research on learning assistance, learning disabilities and effective pedagogical and learning techniques to support student needs.

Dr. LaBlance works closely with medical students throughout the medical specialty choice process, including residency application, interviewing and the match process. In addition, Dr. LaBlance has experience working with medical students who are interested in improving their study techniques and those seeking guidance in the process of preparing for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 board exams.

Colleen Arnett, M.A.
Coordinator of Student Activities

colleen arnettColleen Arnett is the Coordinator of Student Activities. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Her experience as a student affairs practitioner spans more than ten years, with an emphasis on student leadership development and student organization advising. At OUWB, Colleen oversees the student organization program, advises Medical Student Government and manages orientation week.

Berkley Browne, M.A.
Director of Academic Success

Berkley Browne is the Director of Academic Success. Berkley holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Albion College and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. Her experience working in academic services and support spans more than seven years, and she has worked with students at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as in secondary education. At OUWB, Berkley oversees the Academic Success Team, directs and leads the M1/M2 student tutoring program, develops academic support programming for M1 and M2 students, and works with M2 students on USMLE Step 1 boards preparation.

Jason Cale
jason-calePRISM Coordinator and Financial Services Processor

Jason Cale joined the OUWB School of Medicine Student Affairs team in January 2016 as the PRISM Coordinator and Financial Aid Processor. His main focus will be to coordinate the M1 and M2 years of the PRISM program, assisting with all aspects of the course including scheduling, preparing training material for PRISM mentors, managing the Moodle interface, facilitating group activities, organizing Spiritual Rounds, and ensuring flyers are up-to-date. Jason will also support Financial Services.

Previously, Jason worked as a Membership Coordinator for the Michigan Association of CPAs. There, he promoted membership growth through various recruitment and retention efforts, tracked efficacy rates, wrote copy for marketing materials, and managed their dues and task force timelines.

Jason is an Oakland University alumnus and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication in 2007.

Victoria Coglitore, OUWB Student Affairs Administrative Coordinator & Academic Adviser

Victoria Coglitore
Administrative Coordinator & Academic Adviser

Tori Coglitore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Fredonia State University of New York where she conducted research in the field of human-animal interaction. Tori attended Western Michigan University where she received a Master of Arts degree in school counseling. Tori’s responsibilities include coordinating the M3 and M4 years of the PRISM program. Additionally, she works closely with M1 and M2 students to provide academic support and assistance with USMLE Step 1 board preparation. She also supervises the student tutoring program and is a contributing member of the Academic Success team.

Gabe Dumbrille, OUWB Director of Student Affairs & Career Development Gabe Dumbrille
Director of Student Affairs & Career Development

Gabe Dumbrille joined OUWB Student Affairs in the fall 2016. He has four years of higher education experience with Oakland University as a student affairs career development and residence life manager. He holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in biology both from Oakland University. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Education in higher educational leadership with a social justice focus.

Gabe works primarily with M3 and M4 students on specialty choice and residency match. His responsibilities also include managing career development opportunities for student organizations, and providing support for the student affairs department at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

Katherine Stotts
katie-stottsReceptionist & Office Assistant,
Center for Medical Student Services

Katherine joined the OUWB Student Affairs Team in May 2016.  She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature in 2010. Before joining  OUWB, Katherine worked for Eastern Oil Company where she served as a Customer Service Representative for OEM/Automotive accounts.

Disability and Support

Oakland University adheres to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) in prohibiting discrimination against any qualified person with a disability.

Contact the Oakland University Office of Disabilities Support Services

Students with specific questions regarding the OUWB policies governing students with disabilities may contact the Oakland University Office of Disabilities Support Services (DSS). 


(248) 370-3266



103A North Foundation Hall 
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401

Students who warrant accommodations based upon the functional effects of a physical or learning disability should adhere to the following procedure.  Please read each of the 9  steps of the procedure thoroughly.  

How to Receive Accommodations

Step 1

Student meets with a representative of the OU Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) and provides the following: 

  • documentation of a disability
  • request for accommodations

A definitive diagnosis of a disability must be identified in the documentation.  Details regarding the required documentation for each disability can be found at the DSS website

Note: If a student does not have documentation and requires testing, the testing process could take a minimum of six to eight weeks to complete.

Step 2

For entering students, it is best to arrange accommodations prior to orientation.  

Students who do not meet with DSS before classes begin should meet with DSS, with their documentation, as soon as possible ideally a minimum of six weeks before services are required.  

It is the student's responsibility to register with DSS and request accommodations.

Step 3

DSS staff will review the student's supporting documentation to determine sufficiency and eligibility for accommodations.  If additional testing is required, temporary accommodations may be granted while documentation is completed.

Step 4

DSS staff will complete and sign the Faculty Notification Letter.  The student will be asked to sign the letter indicating agreement with suggested accommodations and understanding of his or her responsibility. 

  • a. Prior to the start of each academic year, students must obtain a new, updated Faculty Notification Letter from DSS and give a copy of this letter to the OUWB Director of Academic Success. 

  • b. The Faculty Notification Letter will not be part of the academic record of the student and will be shared only on a need-to-know basis.

Step 5

Give a copy of the student's notification letter to the OUWB Director of Academic Success.

Two copies of the notification letter will be given to the student: one for the student and one for the student to give to the OUWB Director of Academic Success. The DSS Office will retain a copy of all records and meeting notes. 

Step 6

The student is to schedule an appointment with the OUWB Director of Academic Success to submit a copy of the Faculty Notification Letter and discuss how accommodations will be facilitated. Failure to meet this requirement will release the OUWB School of Medicine and DSS from the responsibility of providing accommodations.

Step 7

The OUWB Director of Academic Success will review the letter, determine appropriateness of all requests based on School of Medicine requirements, and discuss concerns with the student and/or call DSS when appropriate.

Step 8

The OUWB Director of Academic Success, in collaboration with the M1, M2 and M3/M4 Curriculum Coordinators, will coordinate the provision of accommodations. 

Step 9

A special situation arises with the NBME subject or comprehensive examinations. Since these examinations need to be ordered well in advance of the test date, students who are requesting to take an NBME examination under special accommodations should complete the Alternative Testing Sign-up Sheet at least FOUR WEEKS prior to the date the exam is to be administered.