InMedicine (OUWB's Magazine)

‘A duty to be back’: Charter class member serves on OUWB’s Dean’s Advisory Board

Michael Bonnette, M.D., graduated in 2015 as part of OUWB’s inaugural class. He is now a practicing physician. (Photo by Andrew Dietderich)

Michael Bonnette, M.D., first heard in the mid-2000s that Oakland University had plans for a medical school, and it piqued an interest that would chart the course of his life.

First, the interest ultimately led him to attend Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and graduate as part of the charter class (2015).

Currently based in southeast Michigan, he serves in private practice. Bonnette also is now part of the inaugural Dean’s Advisory Board.

Established in late 2020, the OUWB Dean’s Advisory Board consists of 13 members who have expertise in leadership and a commitment to assisting the school in matters of strategic importance, including community outreach, partnership, and resource development.

“I knew I wanted to get back involved with OUWB because I felt like it was such a good experience,” he says. “I felt like the Dean’s Advisory Board was a great way to do just that.”

Board members primarily serve as advocates and advisors in support of the school’s students, faculty, staff, and administration, and work in a collaborative fashion with school leadership.

Currently, Bonnette is the only OUWB graduate on the board.

“The intent of the Dean’s Advisory Board is to support and further the OUWB community by collectively drawing on the unique expertise and talent offered by each individual member,” says Duane Mezwa, M.D., Stephan Sharf Dean, OUWB. “As an OUWB alum and practicing physician in our community, Dr. Bonnette brings invaluable insight to the table.”

(Only partial stories are posted here with hopes to provide a brief overview and introduction to my most recent work. The full version of this story may be found on the OUWB InMedicine site here.)

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