2016 Outstanding Resident of the Year in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

September 18, 2016

Described as a physician who “truly embodies the spirit of the osteopathic philosophy and practice” Precious Barns, DO is a board certified Family Medicine Physician who is currently completing the Plus One NMM/OMM Program at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM). She is known by her colleagues as a physician who recognizes and respects the potentials of a patient’s inherent health and through her skills, empowers them to feel and recognize health within themselves.  

Prior to her fellowship, Dr. Barnes was unanimously elected as chief resident of her program. During her tenure she had the opportunity to speak at multiple conferences and present her research on osteopathic concepts.  Soon her research, which involves both objective documentation of changes after OMT and using palpation monitors in order to measure pressures used during OMT for reproducibility, will be accepted for publication.  She was selected to present at the Fascia Congress in 2015 in Washington, DC in which her presentation was awarded second place and selected to participate in a regional scientific poster presentation sponsored by the Northeast Osteopathic Medicine Education Network in 2016. 

A recent inductee into the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Society, Dr. Barnes additionally dedicates her time to giving back to her community. A research mentor and member of several committees, Dr. Barnes gives much of her time to UNECOM and the surrounding community. Prior to that, she devoted spare time working with her local church and volunteering during her medical school career at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) where she also received a Master in Biomedical Sciences. 

Dr. Barnes is extremely well respected by her peers and as a leader and educator.  Her leadership skills are demonstrated through her lectures at regional meetings, her dedication to educating osteopathic medical students in a clinical setting and her fundraising for the Undergraduate American Academy of Osteopathy. In addition, she is participating in the New York Institute of Technology College Osteopathic Medicine Training in Healthy Policy Studies (TIPs) Fellowship, which trains rising leaders in health care on issues as they relate to federal and state policies. 

“Her ability to communicate with, counsel, and motivate patients to make positive changes in their lives is nothing short of extraordinary and has been inspiring to witness,”  Garrett Edwards, DO Associate Professor of Osteopathic Principals and Practice at UNECOM.  

Precious L. Barnes, DO, MS, MS
Plus One NMM/OMM Program at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine