Brooke Alexander-Bloom, DO, a 1996 graduate of the College of Osteopathic

Medicine of the Pacific at Western University of Health Sciences, has been

selected by the American Osteopathic Foundation to receive the Bristol-

Myers Squibb Outstanding Resident Award.

She will receive 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 is one of eight award winners this year, and the only

honoree representing the West Coast.

“”I feel so honored that I’ve been selected for this recognition,”” said Dr.

Alexander-Bloom, a family practice physician in Long Beach and a resident

of Tustin. “”To me, being a doctor is such a reward in itself because I’m

able to make a difference in a patient’s life. To be recognized for that

is something I hadn’t expected.””

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. Alexander-Bloom was nominated by staff members at Pacific Hospital of

Long Beach, where she completed her residency. During her training there

from 1997 through 1999 the staff also recognized her with the Golden Apple

Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching in 1997 and 1998, and with the

Award for Excellence in the Application of Osteopathic Principles in

Primary Care in 1999.

According to Leda Hanin, executive director of the American Osteopathic

Foundation, these previous honors as well as her ongoing community service

efforts were some of the things that set Dr. Alexander-Bloom apart from

other applicants.

“”She’s devoted a lot of her free time to service and education, she’s

involved in all levels of the community and she’s completed two scientific

papers for publication,”” said Hanin. “”We’re delighted to be able to honor

outstanding residents like Dr. Alexander-Bloom through the generosity of

the Bristol-Myers Squibb company. We hope that awards like this serve as

an incentive for other physicians as well as a thank-you to the recipients

for their continuing efforts.””

Dr. Alexander-Bloom said she knew she wanted to be a physician from the

time she was a child. She admired the way her physician was able to treat

her whole family and wanted to be able to help others, so she began

training for a pre-medical education at the age of 16. She said she chose

to study osteopathic medicine because she believes in the holistic

approach of treating a patient’s whole body and not just their illness.

“”I try to be very positive and honest with all of my patients,”” Dr.

Alexander-Bloom said. “”I really like to educate them about their illnesses

and help them understand their diagnosis and treatment.””

Outside of her job, she is the secretary of the Orange County Osteopathic

Medical Association, has volunteered at community health fairs and

performed scoliosis exams at many Los Angeles County grade schools. Dr.

Alexander-Bloom also plays the flute and has done volunteer music therapy

work at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach.