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OWIMS 2015 Mentor of the Year Award Recipient: Mary Claire O'Brien, M.D.

 O'Brien Mary Claire

Mary Claire O'Brien, M.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, WFSM; 
Associate Professor (Full Professor effective 7/1/15)  

Emergency Medicine and Social Science and Health Policy

Affiliated with SSHP/ PHS since 2001 (research); joined EM Faculty in 2003


Leadership & Mentoring accomplishments include:  


Leadership –

  • Emergency Medicine Faculty Development Committee (Founder and Chair 2008-2014; Member 2014-present)
  • Currently responsible for teaching activities of faculty for WFSM undergraduate medical students
Mentoring –
  • Served as Mentor, Advisory and Supervisor to 80 individuals since 2004.


Dr. O’Brien’s Mentees had this to say about her:

  • I cannot imagine a person more deserving of this award than Dr. Mary Claire O’Brien. We are among the few women in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and since the day I arrived she’s taken me under her wing and helped me navigate my career, not to mention my personal life, over the past eight years. 
  • She is thoughtful and deliberate in her advice.   I have always found it to be sound and based in her experience.   She is candid about her own professional challenges and this makes her advice all the more valuable and sincere. 
  • I am grateful for having been matched with MCOB.   I admire her work ethic and work-life balance.   I hope to emulate her success and path as I continue in my career at the medical center.     She deserves Mentor of the Year. 
  • Dr. O’Brien is an outstanding mentor, role model, and advocate! She has mentored me countless times across years in very deliverable ways. We have met numerous times to discuss components of promotion and offer insight on ways to move forward in my career path.


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          Phone:  (336) 716-4272 (Melanie Huggins)

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