Mara Baier, DO, a 1997 graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of
the Pacific at Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU), has been
selected by the American Osteopathic Foundation to receive the Bristol-
Myers Squibb Outstanding Resident Award.
She received the award, in the form of a $2,000 check, at the American
Osteopathic Association’s annual convention October 24-28 in San
Francisco. She was one of eight award winners this year, and one of two
“”Getting this award means so much to me,”” said Dr. Baier, chief family
practice resident at Mesa General Hospital in Tempe, Arizona. She also
works as an adjunct instructor at the Midwestern University-Arizona
College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a resident of Tempe. “”I literally
jumped for joy when I found out I’d gotten it; I can’t thank Bristol-Myers
Squibb or the awards committee enough.””
The award was established in 1997 to recognize exemplary osteopathic
physicians in their second or third year of a primary care residency in
family practice, internal medicine or pediatrics. To be eligible for the
award, a physician must first be nominated by their residency director,
then submit application materials and letters of recommendation.
Applicants are evaluated on their commitment to patient care, community
service, leadership and the osteopathic philosophy, among other things.
Dr. Baier was nominated by her residency director at Mesa General
Hospital. She previously received the Richard H. and Anna Kaiser Memorial
Award from WesternU for best exemplifying osteopathic medicine in family
According to William D. French of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company’s
Medical Association Alliances department, it was these very
characteristics that set Dr. Baier apart from other applicants.
“”Dr. Baier represents the bright future of medicine, and Bristol-Myers
Squibb is pleased to recognize her many achievements,”” said French.
Dr. Baier views herself as a doctor for the millenium, as she balances her
roles as a doctor, mother, wife and teacher. She holds membership with the
Cranial Academy and the American Association of Family Physician. She is
also part of the American Osteopathic Association and hopes to get more
involved in that organization in the upcoming years.