Four new OUWB graduates stand before the Elliot Tower wearing caps and gowns and holding their diplomas.

About OUWB

About the School

Brief History

Oakland University (Oakland) and Beaumont Health (Beaumont) were founded at approximately the same time, half a century ago, in close proximity to each other and in a region of greater Detroit.

Oakland University and Beaumont Health

Today, Oakland is one of 15 public universities in Michigan. Oakland has an enrollment exceeding 20,000 students and a Carnegie classification of doctoral/research university-intensive.

Beaumont 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.

OUWB medical students train at three of the eight Beaumont Health Hospitals: Beaumont, Royal Oak, Beaumont, Troy and Beaumont, Grosse Pointe.

The partnership between Oakland University and Beaumont Health

Following exploratory discussions, including discussions with community leaders, Oakland and Beaumont concluded that the combined faculty, staff and infrastructure resources of their institutions would provide a remarkably strong base on which to build a new medical school.

In January 2007, Oakland and Beaumont submitted a letter of intent to the LCME to initiate the formal process of accrediting a new allopathic medical school. The initiative to fund a new medical school was approved by both the Beaumont Hospital Board of Directors and the Oakland University Board of Trustees on July 31, 2008.


On February 25, 2020 the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine was granted full accreditation for the maximum eight-year term. 

On February 10, 2015, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine was granted full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). 

Why is LCME accreditation important?

Accreditation signifies that national standards for structure, function, and performance are met by a medical school's education program leading to the M.D. degree. LCME accreditation is required for schools to receive federal grants for medical education and to participate in federal loan programs. Students and graduates of LCME-accredited medical schools are eligible to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). These graduates also have eligibility to enter residencies approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Graduating from an LCME-accredited U.S. school and passing the national licensing examinations are accepted as prerequisites for medical licensure in most states (Source: LCME).

NCA Accreditation

Oakland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. The university requested a focused visit on OUWB which was conducted in January 2010.

Medical Campuses

Oakland University

Located on a picturesque 1,441 acre campus of wooded hills and rolling meadows in Southeastern Michigan, Oakland University is a doctoral/research intensive university.

At the center of main campus, OUWB enjoys close access to the Kresge Library, the Hannah Hall of Science Anatomy Lab, the Oakland Center (student union) and the Recreation Center.

The school features wireless access throughout campus, which includes the medical student lounge and locker facilities, and technologically advanced breakout rooms – all designed to complement our innovative curriculum and in close proximity to medical student services. 

The surrounding community offers world-class entertainment, cultural, and social opportunities.


OUWB at Beaumont Health

From its start as a community hospital, Beaumont’s Royal Oak campus has become a major academic and referral center with Level 1 trauma status and Michigan's first Magnet-designated hospital for nursing excellence. The hospital ranks first in the United States for inpatient admissions and second for its number of surgeries. A second Beaumont hospital opened in Troy in 1977 as a 189-bed acute care community teaching hospital. It is now among the nation's highest-volume community hospitals with 520 beds, and is third for its number of admissions and fourth in surgeries among hospitals of its size. In October 2007, Beaumont became a regional health provider when it acquired a third community hospital with 280 beds in Grosse Pointe.

Ninety-one medical and surgical specialties are represented on the Beaumont medical staffs of more than 3,700 physicians. Beaumont’s current medical graduate education enterprise encompasses 40 programs all accredited with the maximum accreditation (19 residencies and 21 fellowships). Beaumont has sponsored M3 clerkships and M4 electives since the mid 1960s. Beaumont physicians and physician-educators have significant experience with the instruction of medical students in a clinical setting for core clerkships (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OBGYN, Surgery, Family Medicine and Psychiatry).

Mission, Vision and Goals

The Mission

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.

The Vision

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine will be recognized by its students and faculty members - and by their peers in the global medical community - as a premier educational environment for individuals to become physicians. They will study medicine throughout their lives, to transform the practice of medicine through research, and to lead in promoting, maintaining, and restoring health to individuals and communities served by the school and its graduates.

Our Values

Our values will guide our actions and describe how we will behave and work together to achieve our mission and vision.


We are a “School that cares” by having a safe and secure environment that treats everyone with respect, sensitivity, dignity, decency and empathy in all our endeavors.

Partnership, Collaboration and Teamwork:

We are dedicated to collegiality, collaboration, teamwork, and mutual respect as we work together within and across organizational boundaries in pursuit of our mission.


We pursue all avenues to energize and encourage creativity while cultivating and nurturing the school environment to foster the unique talents of our students, staff and faculty.


We value honesty, integrity and ethical conduct in dealing with our students, patients, faculty, staff and the community we serve.

Quest for Excellence:

We commit to doing the best for everyone who interacts with the school by always striving to build upon and enhance what already has been achieved.

Our Goals

OUWB is committed to:

  • Achieving and sustaining excellence in medical education, research and patient care.
  • Serving our community through the faithful execution of our mission.

Our mission is accomplished through the following goals, which exemplify a student-centered approach to biomedical education, a patient-centered approach to the delivery of health care, and a focus on highly original research that includes the biomedical sciences and extends beyond the laboratory to all disciplines that impact the health of patients and their communities:

Medical Student-Related Goals

  • Goal 1: Provide students with an outstanding medical education
  • Goal 2: Maintain student debt levels at or below averages for peer institutions
  • Goal 3: Create an inclusive environment

Faculty-Related Goals

  • Goal 1: Ensure a high-quality and balanced faculty workforce
  • Goal 2: Increase faculty scholarship
  • Goal 3: Increase collaboration between faculty members from the School of Medicine and faculty members based in other Oakland University schools, colleges, and academic units.

Community Engagement-Related Goals

  • Goal 1: Increase the number of community engagement affiliations
  • Goal 2: Increase community awareness of OUWB’s impact on the health of the community
  • Goal 3: Develop and promote a distinct identity for OUWB

Administration-Related Goals

  • Goal 1: Ensure facilities will support the educational program
  • Goal 2: Ensure long-term funding to support the educational program
  • Goal 3: Establish a continuous quality improvement program for the School of Medicine


Meet the Administration Team