An image of a PRISM group



At the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, we recognize that the path to becoming a physician is enhanced through guidance and mentoring. PRISM provides a multi-layered system of support, along with a four-year curriculum that focuses on personal growth, wellness, and career development. Monthly sessions create opportunities for reflections and small group discussion.

PRISM mentor inquiries can be directed to Karen Smith at
PRISM Components

Each month students are given prompts for a reflective essay.

Students choose an article to read or a video to watch, each month.

Faculty Mentoring groups
Students meet in mentoring groups for one hour each month and meet individually with their mentor during the academic year.

Career Development
Guidance on career choice begins in the M1 year and progresses through the M2 year. The M3 year curriculum focuses on preparing students for the residency application process from preparing curriculum vitae to navigating the match program

PRISM Topics
  • Developing a personal plan for wellness
  • Self-awareness
  • Reflections and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Making the Most of the M2 Year
  • Planning the M3 and M4 years
  • Guided imagery
  • Happiness & Giving Back
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Being Mortal
  • Empathy and Compassion
  • Financial Wellness
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Choosing a Specialty
  • Budgeting
  • Residency interviewing
  • Learning in the clinical setting
  • Making the most of your relationships
  • Preparing for the Residency Application Process
  • Careers in Medicine
Mentor Details


  • Guide personal development through self-awareness, role modeling, and support
  • Provide a safe environment to foster personal reflection
  • Promote self-care and wellness
  • Encourage team building and problem solving strategies
  • Assist in career development

PRISM Components

  • Reflection
  • Readings
  • Interactive Lectures
  • Faculty Mentoring Groups
  • OUWB Connect
  • Career Development

Mentor Requirements/Benefits

  • Beaumont Health Physician
  • OUWB Faculty
  • Able to attend monthly sessions on Tuesday afternoons (M1 & M2 year) and Friday afternoons (M3 year)

Faculty Mentor Time Commitment

  • Monthly PRISM sessions (3 hours each)
  • Respond to student reflections
  • Group activity 
  • Yearly one-on-one meetings with mentees
  • Two-hour summer training session
  • PRISM Orientation, the White Coat Ceremony (M1 year)
  • Match Day, Honors Convocation and Commencement (M4 year)

To view lists of previous PRISM mentors, please contact

Meet the Team
Varsha Karamchandani, M.D.
Assistant Professor
PRISM Co-Course Director

Berkley J. Browne, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
PRISM Co-Course Director

Karen Smith
PRISM Course Coordinator

Mentor Groups

Class of 2025
The following physicians are mentors for the Class of 2025:

Pavan Brahmamdam, M.D.

Jay Eastman, M.D.

Mona Fakih, D.O.

Brian Felice, M.D.
Emergency Medicine

Warren Fields, M.D.
Internal Medicine/Pulmonary & Critical Care

Betina Hinckel, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgery

Shikha Kalra, D.O.
Family Medicine & Community Health

Class of 2024
The following physicians are mentors for the Class of 2024:
An image of Tarif BakdashTarif Bakdash, M.D.
Pediatric Neurology
An image of Perry FriedmanPerry Friedman, M.D.
An image of Stephanie GoikeStephanie Goike, M.D.
Emergency Medicine
An image of Anil GuptaAnil Gupta, M.D.
An image of Matthew KoperaMatthew Kopera, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon
An image of Liem NgoLiem Ngo, M.D.
Emergency Medicine
An image of Anuradha PrasadAnuradha Prasad, M.D.
An image of Mark SinkoffMark Sinkoff, M.D.
Internal Medicine
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Class of 2023

Dr. Alsahlani PRISM Group

Group Mentor: Hannan Alsahlani, D.O.

Dr. Bork PRISM group

Group Mentor: Susan Bork, M.D.

Dr. Herzig PRISM group

Group Mentor: Barbara Herzig, M.D. (not pictured)
(represented by OUWB Stephan Sharf Dean Duane Mezwa, M.D.)

Dr. Mulhem PRISM group

Group Mentor: Elie Mulhem, M.D.

Dr. Sharma PRISM group

Group Mentor: Neetu Sharma, M.D.

Dr. Tu PRISM group

Group Mentor: John Tu, M.D. (not pictured)

Dr. Wharton PRISM group

Group Mentor: Kurt Wharton, M.D.

Dr. Xavier PRISM group

Group Mentor: Angela Xavier, M.D.

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Class of 2022

Molly Austin, M.D.

Group Mentor: Molly Austin, M.D.

Edward Dabrowski, M.D.

Group Mentor: Sulaiman Bharwani, M.D.

Mona Fakih, D.O.

Group Mentor: Abdulrahman Effendi, M.D.

Bassel Salman, M.D.

Group Mentor: Julie Price, M.D.

Andrew Sulich, M.D.

Group Mentor: Rachel Rohde, M.D.

Andrew Sulich, M.D.

Group Mentor: Anthony Stallion, M.D.

Andrew Sulich, M.D.

Group Mentor: Varsha Karamchandani, M.D. (not pictured)

(represented by Marlene Seltzer, M.D.)

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