A PRISM group stands together wearing their white coats, smiling, and holding their stethoscopes above their heads.



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 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
  • Preparing for USMLE
  • 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
  • Writing a curriculum vitae and Personal Statement
  • 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 year) Thursday afternoons (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 only)
  • Match Day, and Commencement

To view lists of previous PRISM mentors, please contact ksmith5@oakland.edu.

Meet the Team
Meet the Team

Thomas Ferrari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
PRISM Course Director

Sheala Jafry, M.D.
Assistant Professor
PRISM Course Director

Yan Kuang, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
PRISM Course Director

Cynthia Ledford, M.D. (Interim)
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Clinical Education
PRISM Course Director

Karen Smith
PRISM Course Coordinator
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Mentor Groups

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)

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Class of 2021

Zeynep Alpay-Savasan, M.D.

The A-Team
Group Mentor: Zeynep Alpay-Savasan, M.D.

Andrew Banooni, M.D.

Banooni's Goonies
Group Mentor: Andrew Banooni, M.D.

Edward Dabrowski, M.D.

Dabroskis vs. Everybody
Group Mentor: Laura Ortiz, M.D. (not pictured)

Mona Fakih, D.O.

Fa-kihpin' It Real
Group Mentor: Mona Fakih, D.O.

Bassel Salman, M.D.

School of Salman
Group Mentor: Bassel Salman, M.D.

Andrew Sulich, M.D.

Sulich Squad
Group Mentor: Andrew Sulich, M.D.

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Class of 2020


Borsch-keys to Success
Group Mentor: Frank Borschke, M.D.


Grey's Hannatomy
Group Mentor: Michel Hanna, M.D.


King Jafri
Group Mentor: Mohammad Jafri, M.D.


Khan't Touch This
Group Mentor: Abdul-Majid Khan, M.D.


Wizards of Waz
Group Mentor: Rebecca Wasvary, M.D.

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