Office of the Dean
O’Dowd Hall Rm 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309
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(248) 370-3634

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

COMPASS

COMPASSCOMPASS is the official address of community engagement at the OUWB School of Medicine and helps OUWB to navigate connections with local, regional, national and global communities.

Through the process of community engagement, COMPASS establishes partnerships in service with established organizations.

These collaborative relationships enable faculty and staff to engage with the community and assist students to meet learning objectives and simultaneously meet the identified needs of vulnerable populations who are served by our COMPASS community partners.

Medical
Students

Sign up for COMPASS Events

For the most up-to-date information and event sign-ups, OUWB medical students should visit the COMPASS Medsync portal.

Funding Opportunities

Community Service Mini-Grant: Individual students and student organizations are invited to submit a COMPASS Community Service Mini-Grant application. The mini-grant program is designed to encourage students, faculty, and staff to design and implement innovative service programs for the community surrounding OUWB. 

Lunch n' Learns & Diversity Dialogues

OUWB students are encouraged to attend educational seminars offered throughout each academic year. COMPASS hosts a Lunch n' Learn series featuring hot topics in medicine, and the Diversity Programming Team hosts Diversity Dialogues.

Share your ideas:
  • Lunch and Learn ideas, contact Rachel Yoskowitz, yoskowit@oakland.edu
  • Diversity Dialogues ideas, contact Caryn Reed-Hendon, cyreedhe@oakland.edu.
Faculty

Sign up for COMPASS Events

OUWB Faculty and Staff are invited to join the COMPASS Medsync Portal. Many of the service activities and educational events promoted through COMPASS are open to the entire community.  

For the most up-to-date information and sign-ups, faculty and staff are encouraged to join the Medsync portal.

Funding Opportunities

Community Service Mini-Grant: Faculty and staff are invited to submit a COMPASS Community Service Mini-Grant application. The mini-grant program is designed to encourage students, faculty, and staff to design and implement innovative service programs for the community surrounding OUWB. 

Meaningful Participation for Service Activities

Beaumont physician faculty members can earn meaningful participation points for their community activities.  Visit the Meaningful Participation page to see what qualifies.

Lunch n' Learns & Diversity Dialogues

OUWB students are encouraged to attend educational seminars offered throughout each academic year. COMPASS hosts a Lunch n' Learn series featuring hot topics in medicine, and the Diversity Programming Team hosts Diversity Dialogues.

Share your ideas:
  • Lunch and Learn ideas, contact Rachel Yoskowitz, yoskowit@oakland.edu
  • Diversity Dialogues ideas, contact Caryn Reed-Hendon, cyreedhe@oakland.edu.
Community
Partners

Community engagement at OUWB reinforces the reciprocal relationship between OUWB and our community partners.

Guided by the school's vision to lead in promoting, maintaining, and restoring health to individuals and communities, OUWB students, faculty, and staff work to fill the demonstrated needs of the community organization by building an ongoing relationship and providing service tailored to the specific needs of the organization, school, or community.

Listed below are organizations with which OUWB has rich, lasting relationships.


Current Community Partners


Scholarly Activity

Our partners in scholarly activity are engaged with our students in summer internships, the Capstone course, or co-curricular research opportunities.



Partner with OUWB


Contact Information

Community organizations

Jean Szura 
mick@oakland.edu

Schools

Rose Wedemeyer
ragutier@oakland.edu

Global opportunities

Rachel Yoskowitz
yoskowit@oakland.edu

Invite OUWB to Your Event
Community agencies and schools are often in need of volunteers for their events. OUWB students, faculty, and staff have volunteered in a number of capacities including health screenings, education, and direct service. If your organization is in need of volunteers and would like to invite the OUWB community to participate in your event, please complete the OUWB Volunteer Request form at: https://orgsync.com/56590/forms/105323

Become an Affiliate of OUWB
OUWB has partnerships with a wide variety of organizations throughout Michigan, the United States, and globally. Developing partnerships with community organizations aids us in providing opportunities for our students to become leaders in their field and become compassionate, caring physicians. If your organization is interested in developing a ongoing relationship with OUWB through a formal affiliation, please contact Jean Szura at mick@oakland.edu or 248-370-4696.

Host an OUWB Summer Intern
OUWB offers a month-long internship program to the rising M2 students during June between the first and second year of medical school. Students are able to apply to clinical and research opportunities through the Beaumont Health System or to community and educational opportunities with community organizations and schools in the metro-detroit area.

 

Contact
COMPASS
Linda Gillum, Ph.D.
gillum@oakland.edu, 248-370-3627
Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
and Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences
 
Robert Noiva, Ph.D.
noiva@oakland.edu, 248-370-3627
Associate Dean for Medical Education
and Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Nelia Afonso, M.D.
afonso@oakland.edu, 248-370-3627
Assistant Dean for Community Integration & Outreach
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences
 
Kimberly Martin, MA
klmarti2@oakland.edu, 248-370-4639
Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion

Caryn Reed-Hendon, Ph.D
cyreedhe@oakland.edu, 248-370-3620
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
 
Jean Szura, Ph.D.
mick@oakland.edu, 248-370-4696
Director of Service Learning
 
Rose Wedemeyer, Ph.D.
ragutier@oakland.edu, 248-370-3622
Director of Education Training
 
Tracy Wunderlich, MA
wunderli@oakland.edu, 248-370-3621
Director of Research Training
 
Rachel Yoskowitz, BSN, MPH
yoskowit@oakland.edu, 248-370-4355
Assistant Professor Biomedical Sciences Community and Global Health
 
COMPASS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/COMPASSOUWB
COMPASS Email: compass@oakland.edu

Community
Engagement Activities

Community Service

Highlighted below are the core community service activities sponsored by the School of Medicine. 

OUWB Community Service Activities

Make a Difference Day
Make a Difference Day is an annual day of service for schools and organizations across the company.  In 2013, OUWB focused on "making Brightmoor more bright" by hosting a health fair and family fun day at Mission City.  Students provided free flu shots and health screenings, health education, healthy meals, and kids crafts and games. 

In 2012, OUWB partnered with Avondale High School and Harper Woods High School to promote awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and to provide AED (automatic external defribillator) education and demonstrations.  In addition to the AED demonstrations, a health education fair was held with a variety of topics. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Engagement

This year, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine was proud to carry forward the torch of community engagement by celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting the MLK Weekend of Engagement.

Keeping true to our vision “to lead in promoting, maintaining and restoring health to individuals and communities served by the school,” the Second Annual Family Health Fair and Tastefest was held January 17th, 2014, in the community of Harper Woods, Michigan. The event was held in partnership with Chandler Park Academy, Healthy Detroit and OU’s School of Nursing. Medical students, nursing students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to educate the community on a variety of health-related topics to promote health and wellness in the community.  The clinical skills tables included flu shots, vision screening, weight/body mass index and blood pressure screenings. The health education tables focused on personal and community health topics such as healthy eating, hand washing, and cold and flu prevention. Additionally, students prepared and served food for homeless populations, delivered meals to homebound seniors, and created a first-aid room at a homeless shelter on that Monday (known as Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service).  

Spring Break Service Week

Each year during the M1 spring break week, OUWB students, faculty, and staff take part in service activities at various locations.  In 2014, the OUWB community prepared and served breakfast for the Baldwin Center and packed medical supplies to be shipped to overseas clinics at World Medical Relief.  In 2013, students, faculty, and staff participated by "springing service forward" and volunteering at the Older Persons' Commission, the Baldwin Center, World Medical Relief, and the North Oakland Headwater Land Conservancy.  

OUWB also engages in activities through the Beaumont Health System.

Some of these events include:

  • Beaumont Healthy Heart Check
  • The Men's Health Event sponsored by the Michigan Institute of Urology
  • The Brightmoor Health Outreach Collaborative

Student Organization Community Service Activities

OUWB students frequently engage with the community through activities sponsored by their student organizations.  Often, student organizations "adopt" community organizations to provide ongoing service.  Some examples of student organization service include:

OUWB students frequently engage with the community through activities sponsored by their student organizations.  Often, student organizations "adopt" community organizations to provide ongoing service.  Some examples of student organization service include:

  • The American Medical Womens' Association (AMWA) annual Causemetic Drive for Alternatives for Girls 
  • The American Medical Association (AMA) heart education clinic at Cornerstone Health Academy
  • The Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) assisting with cancer screenings on Melanoma Monday
  • Advocates for Global Health and Human Rights (AGHHR) World Aids Day programming, Saturday World Medical Relief volunteer days, and annual Dodge Out Hunger fundraiser for Gleaners.

Education

OUWB promotes the "physician as teacher" mindset through a variety of different curricular and co-curricular programs. Some of these programs include:

Teaching in the Elementary Classroom

Medical students teach a standardized lesson based off of the Michigan Model for Health curriculum. Topics on Nutrition/Physical Activity; Personal Health and Wellness; Social and Emotional Health; and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs are presented at one of the local elementary schools. This activity enables medical students to demonstrate the ability to assimilate scientific evidence and participate in the education of students. Additionally, this activity provides medical students with practice demonstrating interpersonal and communication skills across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Healthy Kids and Kidneys

Healthy Kids and Kidneys (HKK) is a nutrition education program developed by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM). HKK takes place over an 8-week period with presentations on the benefits of healthy lifestyle habits such as increasing regular physical activity, eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Community members and experts in the areas of nutrition and physical activity volunteer their time and deliver this program as classroom lay health educators. All volunteer lay health educators are trained in test administration and program delivery. Four OUWB medical students have received training as lay health educators and are teaching in area schools.

Tutoring

OUWB students tutor k-12 students through the schools as well as through community organizations.

Community Health Fairs and Programs

Many community programs and health fairs have a great need for health education. OUWB medical students frequently volunteer to provide health education on a variety of topics to local schools and organizations. Additionally, teaching at health fairs is a critical component at many of the OUWB sponsored events including the MLK Weekend of Engagement and Make a Difference Day.

Pipeline Programs

Every year, OUWB hosts programs to help prepare high school students for their college and medical school careers.  OUWB students, faculty, and staff teach science and life skills curriculum to the participants of the Beaumont Future Medical Scholars (BFMS) program.  You can read about the program here.

Lunch n' Learns & Diversity Dialogues

OUWB is committed to providing continuing education to students, faculty, and staff on hot topics in medicine and in diversity.  To this end, two series of programs are held throughout the year - Lunch n' Learns and Diversity Dialogues.  

Lunch n' Learn - The Lunch n' Learn series features hot topics in medicine directly related to course content in the pre-clinical years.  Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the seminars held monthly throughout the academic year.  The 2013-2014 series concluded with a program on the Legal Aid for Children and Families (LACF) program. 

Diversity Dialogues - The Diversity Programming Team hosts a series called Diversity Dialogues which feature four annual lunch time programs. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to listen to the presentations and engage in a dialogue on the topic.

For information on the 2014-2015 Lunch n' Learn and Diversity Dialogues, visit the upcoming opportunities page.


Service Learning

The Components of Service-learning

  • Learning that relates to identified educational objectives
  • Meeting community needs through service
  • Personal reflection

Service-learning has been integrated into multiple courses at OUWB. Current and past examples of service-learning in the OUWB curriculum include:

Backpack Program Healthy Recipes

OUWB partnered with the Gleaners backpack program - a program that provides school-aged children in underserved areas with weekend meals. OUWB students crafted healthy, inexpensive recipes to place in the backpacks for the children and families. This project reinforced the nutrition curriculum in the Promotion and Maintenance of Health course as well as provided a reflective component for students to understand the nutritional challenges of some families.

OLHSA Family Health Engagement Night

OUWB collaborated with the Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency to conduct a needs assessment of the health and wellness needs of Headstart children and their families as well as design and implement a Family Health Engagement Night. OUWB students developed health education stations that were then presented at the family night. The health education modules that were developed tied directly to course content, and this program provided students an opportunity to develop their communication and teaching skills while providing important health information to the community.

Avondale Elementary Schools Teaching Program

Second year medical students teach a standardized lesson based off of the Michigan Model for Health curriculum to elementary students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Topics on Nutrition/Physical Activity; Personal Health and Wellness; Social and Emotional Health; and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs are presented at one of the local elementary schools. This activity enables medical students to demonstrate the ability to assimilate scientific evidence and participate in the education of students. Additionally, this activity provides medical students with practice demonstrating interpersonal and communication skills across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

South Oakland Shelter

Through the generosity of the Filmer Foundation, the Art and Practice of Medicine course has established an ongoing relationship with the South Oakland Shelter (SOS).  Students utilize the knowledge gained in the course - patient care, communication, compassion, and empathy - to provide care for the homeless clients of the shelter during a monthly clinic visit.  Additionally, students will be creating health related videos for an OUWB/ SOS YouTube channel on an ongoing basis.

Partners in Care Home Visit Program The Partners in Care (PIC) program through the Art and Practice of Medicine Course is a program designed to promote interprofessional teamwork while providing care to older adults in the community. First-year medical students are paired with second-year nursing students and senior physical therapy students to make two home visits to an older adult.  They utilize the skills and tools developed in their courses to consult with their patient on healthy living, any hazards in the home, and to develop an educational tool to provide to their patient after their last visit.  Read about the PIC program here.