Medical Education Personnel

Rochester

Cynthia H. Ledford, M.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Clinical Education
Professor of Foundational Medical Studies

Dr. Cynthia LedfordCynthia H. Ledford, M.D., is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Clinical Education. Before coming to OUWB, Dr. Ledford served as the Assistant Dean of Curricular Design and Innovation at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. During Ohio State's most recent competency based curricular reform, she also served as Assistant Dean of Evaluation and Assessment. Dr. Ledford was also a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Dr. Ledford receive a B.S. degree from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and her M.D. degree from The Ohio State University.  After a fellowship in medical education, she completed her Pediatric training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center and Internal Medicine training at the University Hospitals in Cincinnati.  She began her academic career at Wright State university in 1997, and moved in 2000 to Ohio State University as the Clerkship Director of Internal Medicine and core faculty member for residency programs in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Dr. Ledford is a physician educator who received funding by Health Resources and Services Administration, in addition to other grants.  While at Ohio State, she developed and directed numerous innovative courses, resulting in over thirty publications related to medical education.  Dr. Ledford's experience in medical education includes innovations in core clinical curricula, fostering emerging clinical reasoning skills, teaching and assessing professionalism, just-in-time faculty development and other resources in support of clinical education.

Robert Noiva, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Community Integration
Associate Professor of Foundational Medical Studies

Robert Noiva, Ph.D.

Robert Noiva is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Community Integration and Associate Professor of Foundational Medical Studies.  Dr. Noiva received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from Creighton University. After postdoctoral training at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Noiva spent 18 years in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine where he served as course director for Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His efforts in educational outreach programs for K-12 students have been recognized nationally. Most recently, Dr. Noiva served as director of Medical Biochemistry at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

David M. Thomas, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Preclinical Education

David M. Thomas, Ph.D.David Thomas, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Preclinical Education. He is responsible for the development, implementation and delivery of the undergraduate preclinical component of the OUWB curriculum. Dr. Thomas previously held the position of Assistant Dean of Medical Education. Dr. Thomas is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, received his doctorate in Biological Sciences from Wayne State University, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Thomas joined Wayne State University as a research assistant professor in 2003 and was appointed assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2007. He became a founding faculty member and master educator in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at OUWB in 2011 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2014. Dr. Thomas has held leadership positions in medical education at OUWB as course director for the endocrine system course, Biomedical Sciences representative of the Academic Success Team, Chair of the Curriculum Evaluation Subcommittee and Secretary of the Curriculum Committee. Nationally, Dr. Thomas is a certified Team-Based Learning Consultant-Trainer of the TBL Collaborative (TBLC), currently Chairs the TBLC Educational Development Committee and is a member of the TBLC Steering Committee.

Yongchao Shi, Ph.D.
Director of Student Assessment

Yongchao ShiYongchao Shi is the Director of Student Assessment at OUWB. His primary roles include managing the school’s student assessment system for its validity, reliability, and fairness, supporting and monitoring the assessment planning, blueprinting, standard setting and post-assessment review processes, assessing course and program level student outcomes to inform faculty and the curriculum team of areas for improvement, serving as a resource for faculty on best practices in areas of student assessment, developing and evaluating assessment strategies that support student success and retention, and researching and disseminating information in assessment to both internal and external constituents. Dr. Shi received his Master of Science in Psychology from Beijing University, China and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from McGill University, Canada with a focus on assessment and student learning. He has 15 years of teaching experience in assessment and measurement and has been dedicated to assessment in medical education in recent years.

Robin Rivest, M.Ed., MBA
Director of Curriculum Data Management

Robin Rivest

Robin Rivest is the Director of Curriculum Data Management at OUWB. Her primary roles include overseeing the data used for mapping the medical education curriculum and assessing the quality of the educational program, as well as ensuring curricular and outcomes data required by accrediting bodies is collected, stored, and presented in the appropriate digital formats. She is also responsible for authoring reports regarding the quality of the curriculum as it pertains to the students and OUWB alumni. Robin holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Oakland University, a master's degree of Education in Instructional Systems Design (Interactive Technologies) from Wayne State University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University. Robin has an extensive career leading the design, development, and evaluation of curricula, as well as managing large-scale courseware delivery programs across multiple industries, including healthcare.

Tammy Tollon, MTD
Curriculum Program Administrator

Tammy TollonTammy Tollon is the Curriculum Program Administrator at OUWB. Her primary roles include administration of the medical education curriculum and supervision of staff, evaluation of course and faculty, providing data for accreditation reporting, and preparing data analysis reports regarding evaluation of the curriculum. She is also responsible for implementing and overseeing the curriculum software as well as the training of staff and students on use of the software. Tammy holds a bachelor’s degree from Walsh College in Business Administration with a major in Computer Science and a master’s degree in Oakland University’s Master of Training and Development Instructional Design program. Tammy has more than 15 years experience working in higher education with vast experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis for use in curriculum accreditation processes, curriculum review, student learning assessment, program assessment and managing web-based software.

Christine Schwartz, M.A.
Longitudinal Course Coordinator

Christine SchwartzChristine Schwartz is the Longitudinal Course Coordinator for OUWB. She works closely with the course directors and faculty to ensure that the operational needs of each course are met. Christine earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hillsdale College and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education/Teaching from Wayne State University. She has more than eight years of experience working in education and most recently served as the M1 Coordinator for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Julie Strong
Embark Program Coordinator

julie-strong Julie Strong is the Embark Program Coordinator for OUWB.  She works closely with the program directors and faculty to facilitate the operational needs of the program, and support students’ Embark project endeavors, across all four years of the curriculum. Prior to joining the Medical Education Team, Julie served as an office assistant in the Dean’s administration, and previously, for the Oakland University School of Nursing. Julie has more than 15 years experience working with diverse populations in customer service and administrative support roles in business, K-12 and higher education. 

Cheryl Lim 
M1 Coordinator

An image of Cheryl LimCheryl Lim is the M1 Curriculum Coordinator for OUWB. Her primary role is to work with faculty and Beaumont physicians to ensure the operational needs of the M1 courses are met. Previously, Cheryl held the position of Registrar Office Coordinator for OUWB Records and Registration. She has over 10 years of higher education experience which includes conducting degree audits, managing transcripts, delivering verification letters, and providing excellent customer service to students all while maintaining confidentiality and sensitivity regarding student information. She also works closely with students to support the learning environment and academic experience. Cheryl will be completing a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership degree, with a focus on social justice, at Oakland University in Fall 2020 to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community. 

Catherine Hitt 
M1 Curriculum Coordinator

Catherine Hitt is a Curriculum Coordinator, supporting M1 courses for OUWB. Her primary role is to assist the curriculum coordinator team, course directors and faculty to ensure that the operational needs of the M1 courses are met. Prior to working at Oakland University, Catherine held positions at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (formerly Chrysler Group LLC) as an administrative assistant within Global Service Operations and as a senior staff agent in Customer Relations. Her responsibilities included assisting the senior manager along with direct personnel, resolving out of warranty inquiries with financial authority and reinforcing the brands commitment to the customer. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Michigan State University.

Loretta Trader 
M2 Curriculum Coordinator

Loretta Trader Loretta Trader is the M2 Curriculum Coordinator for OUWB. Her primary role is to work with faculty and Beaumont physicians to ensure the operational needs of the M2 courses are met. Previously, Loretta held positions at Oakland University as an office assistant for the School of Education & Human Services and a processing assistant for Undergraduate Admissions. Prior to working for Oakland University, Loretta was a senior business analyst at EDS/Hewlett-Packard assigned to the General Motors account where she was responsible for workforce planning, project staffing, budget creation, managing profit and loss statements, and leading cost reduction initiatives.

Rose Wedemeyer, M.A., LPC, Ph.D.
Director of Education Training

Rose WedemeyerRose Wedemeyer is the Director of Education Training for OUWB. Her primary role is to develop and coordinate opportunities for students to teach in a variety of settings and to monitor student progress on research projects with an educational emphasis. Most recently, Rose served as a research assistant in the University of Michigan’s Youth Violence Prevention Center and as administrative coordinator in Oakland University’s School of Education and Human Services. Rose received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, her M.A. in Counseling and Ph.D. in Education from Oakland University. Rose is a Certified Texas Educator and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Jean Szura, M.A., Ph.D.
Director of Service Learning

Jean SzuraJean Szura is the Director of Service Learning for OUWB. Her primary roles include assisting with capstone projects, coordinating service learning curriculum for the Embark program, developing service learning and community service opportunities for medical students, and working with students, faculty, staff, and the community to foster relationships. Jean holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from Oakland University, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University, and has earned her Ph.D. in Education Leadership with a concentration in higher education administration from Oakland University. Prior to becoming the Director of Service Learning, Jean held the position of Coordinator for Student Activities for OUWB.

Tracy Wunderlich-Barillas, M.A.
Director of Research Training

Tracy WunderlichTracy Wunderlich is the Director of Research Training at OUWB. She received both her B.A. and M.A. in Medical Anthropology from Wayne State University, where she is currently working toward her doctoral degree. Her primary responsibilities are to assist in the development of research-related curriculum for the Embark course and to provide oversight of capstone projects for students who are pursuing clinical research. Tracy has more than 10 years experience in managing NIH-funded research grants, including the HAART Project, which examined barriers to medication adherence amongst HIV+ African American men and women in the Detroit area, and the Preventive Health Discussion Study, a mixed-methods study that investigated patient preferences and various aspects of communication regarding colorectal cancer screening. Tracy is a published author whose research interests include doctor/patient communication, medication adherence and patient perceptions in healthcare.

Royal Oak

Ryan Fringer, M.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Ryan Fringer, M.D.Ryan Fringer, M.D., was appointed the associate dean for Graduate Medical Education in 2020 and will remain in his role as the director of Graduate Medical Education for Beaumont Health – Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe. 

Dr. Fringer joined Beaumont in 2004 as the associate program director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. After three years, he was promoted to the role of program director.  Dr. Fringer served as the Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director for 10 years before bringing his wealth of GME knowledge and experience to the position of director of Graduate Medical Education for Beaumont Health. In this role, he works directly with residency and fellowship directors to strive for high educational standards, maintain ACGME accreditation, and meet the individual needs of the program directors, residents, and fellows.

As the associate dean for Graduate Medical Education, Dr. Fringer works closely with all OUWB administrators to ensure the educational value of the clinical experience for students.  Specifically, interactive courses are provided for all residents and fellows to build their teaching skillset. Also, Dr. Fringer leads the Learning Environment Oversight Coalition that is charged with optimizing the clinical environment within which all students, residents and fellows learn.  Finally, Dr. Fringer serves and a liaison and advocate for all GME and UME programs and learners.

Dr. Fringer attended the University of Michigan before earning his medical degree at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.  He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Fringer is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and has received several awards and commendations for his contribution to Graduate Medical Education.


Amy Smark, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Medical Education, M4
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Smark, AmyAmy Smark, M.D., is the Assistant Dean for Medical Education, M4 year. She is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Core Faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Prior to this role, Dr. Smark spent eight years as the Clerkship Director for Emergency Medicine overseeing the implementation of this required fourth- year clerkship for OUWB and visiting students. She also developed and directed the Emergency Medicine Sub-I for OUWB. 

Dr. Smark grew up in Southeastern Michigan and earned her B.A. and M.D. from Wayne State University. She completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, where she served as chief resident.  

Pradeep Kaminoulu, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Medical Education, M3

kaminoulu-pradeepPradeep Kaminoulu, M.D., is the Assistant Dean for Medical Education, M3. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He received his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean and completed his internal medicine residency with an additional chief residency year at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

Dr. Kaminoulu previously served as a Clerkship Director of OUWB’s Internal Medicine clerkship. He currently serves as a hospitalist and core faculty member for the internal medicine residency program at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He also has a strong interest in the fields of patient safety and quality improvement and is responsible for incorporating them into the curriculum and education within the internal medicine residency program.

Dawn Burgess
M3/M4 Assistant Coordinator

Dawn BurgessDawn Burgess is the OUWB M3/M4 Assistant Coordinator at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. She works in the Department of Undergraduate Medical Education. Her main focus is assisting with the on-boarding of OUWB and visiting medical students in the many elective rotations offered within Beaumont Health. Dawn has been employed at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, for more than 10 years and has her associates degree in Business Administration.

Troy

Troy Site Director

Shanna Jones, M.D.
Shanna.Jones@beaumont.edu

Shanna Jones, M.D., is the OUWB Site Director for Beaumont Hospital, Troy and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Jones received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed her emergency medicine residency training at Beaumont Health. Her main focus is the oversight of OUWB medical students and support of educational activities for OUWB at the Beaumont Hospital, Troy campus. Additionally, she is responsible for clinical course and curriculum development. Dr. Jones is the founder and president of the Emergency Medicine Interest Group for Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and has been involved in student activities since the charter class was enrolled in 2011.

Troy Site Coordinator

Lyndsey Schroeder
Lyndsey.Schroeder@beaumont.org

Lyndsey Schroeder is the OUWB Troy Site Coordinator and works in the Department of Undergraduate Medical Education. She has more than 12 years of diverse work experience within Beaumont Health and brings that wealth of knowledge to her position. Lyndsey’s responsibilities include the coordination of medical student education for clinical clerkships and electives and assisting the Office of Faculty Affairs in organizing and delivering faculty development programs on the Troy campus. She oversees medical student activities on the Troy campus and has been instrumental in the coordination of the OSCE for the Emergency Medicine Clerkship as well as the Art and Practice of Medicine through the Clinical Skills Center on the Beaumont Hospital, Troy campus.