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September 1 - 2011
"It's wonderful to have something
really positive to report in Southeast
Michigan," Folberg said. "We are
back to Michigan.
One of our medi-
cal students had
left Michigan and
gone out West, and
because of our
wonderful and we're beginning to
see some [morel of that happening."
While on a 2007 visit to Michigan
to meet students he had been teach-
ing via distance learning, Folberg
was approached about becoming
founding dean of the school. He
came to the School of Medicine in
2008 from his position at University
of Illinois at Chicago.
He works closely with Gene
Michalski, president/CEO of the
Beaumont Health System, who has
an equally positive outlook about
what the school will do for the com-
"Part of what we're looking to
achieve here is to replenish the
doctor shortage that we anticipate
to grow throughout the region:'
Michalski said. "The second goal is
an important economic opportunity
that is a corollary benefit associated
with developing a medical school,
and that is economic development.
"There are new jobs coming to the
area;' he said. "Students have come
here from out of state, and five fac-
ulty members have come from states
throughout the area. It is a magnet
to attract new faculty and students
and create jobs. Most important for
Beaumont and the health system is
an opportunity for us to attract top
doctors and talent to improve clini-
cal care for the patients we serve."
a registered nurse
director of Jewish
a program that
to health care for
sured adults in
Detroit Jewish community, is leaving
that position and joining the OUWB
faculty as an assistant professor in
community and global health. She
will also work to develop opportuni-
ties for community engagement.
"The medical school is training
physicians who will serve the whole
community:' Yoskowitz said. "The
three Beaumont campuses — Royal
Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe — will
be the clinical labs where the stu-
dents will practice their skills and
treat patients. There will a tremen-
dous connection between the medi-
cal students and the people in our
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"My wife, Amy, and I study Torah
with Rabbi Shere, and I knew
something about her gentle man-
ner and her approach to issues of
finding meaning in difficult times.
I thought this might be a good
match," Folberg said.
"I watched the two of them talk
and I saw an immediate connec-
tion between Rabbi Rachel and
Michele," Miles recalled. "Michele
got a lot out of the talk; they con-
nected in a way she needed."
Shere helped the couple through
chemotherapy and hospitalizations
and was there the night before
Raible passed away.
"Rabbi Rachel provided the only
spiritual support for me and Michele
even though we were not Jewish,"
Miles said. "She believed in what we
believe in and was there for us:'
Throughout all of this, faith was
never a barrier. When Raible died,
Miles was devastated. Folberg
invited Miles to attend a Saturday
morning Shabbat service, which
"I can't dismiss how much Dean
Folberg helped me Miles said. "I
had never been to a Jewish service
before and the community was
wonderful and embraced me. It
was a wonderful experience when I
needed that kind of support."
As Miles coped with his grief,
Shere gave him the support he
"I told her my fears without
Michele in my life Miles said.
"She told me, 'Whatever it was
that Michele brought into your
life, she didn't take it with her, she
left it here for you. Those were the
most comforting words I've ever
heard and I felt my fear melt away.
Regardless of faith, we can help
one another and find ways to grow
and no one demonstrated that to
me better than Rabbi Rachel." I I