Oakland University Graduates First Medical School Class

Gary Russi spent almost 20 years as the president of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, before retiring from academia in 2013. A number of initiatives enacted by former president Gary Russi can still be seen on campus, including the school’s new medical program.

Oakland University recently graduated its first ever class from the William Beaumont Medical School. In a ceremony on “Match Day,” the school’s 47 graduating medical students received acceptance letters from residency programs all over the nation, including the Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina and the University of Michigan Medical Center. Graduates will complete residencies in various fields of medicine, such as anesthesiology and physical medicine.

While the students will officially graduate in May, the graduating class enjoyed a moment of shared relief at seeing the next step in their medical careers come into focus. Oakland’s William Beaumont Medical School is currently the youngest recognized medical program in the United States and the newest program since Florida State University’s more than a decade ago.


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