NANOS heroes - Dr. Meagan Seay



Meet NANOS 2023 Merit Award recipient, Dr Meagan Seay. 

Meagan Seay, MD

DR. Meagan Seay

Ophthalmology or Neurology?

 - Neurology                                        

What was the best clinical pearl you learned in fellowship?

  - I had the great fortune to work with a few tremendous mentors during my fellowship. Due to this, one of my takeaways from fellowship was that there are many styles in which we evaluate and treat patients, however, empathy and compassion should always be the forefront of our approach.

What are the top 3 things you’ve learned over the last 5 years in your practice or since leaving fellowship?

  1.  Mentorship doesn't stop after fellowship.  It's essential to seek out mentors throughout your career.
  2.  We see weird stuff. Never be afraid to ask for help.
  3.   We all care deeply about our patients and often ruminate about them when we go home, however, it’s important to be able to escape work and patient-care and pursue hobbies and passions outside of this.

Tell us about your involvement with NANOS!

 - My first NANOS was as a PGY-3 resident, and like many, I was drawn to the close-knit community of very smart people. My involvement really increased when I finished fellowship and joined the faculty at the University of Utah, where Kathleen Digre immediately filled my free time with all things NANOS (for which I am exceptionally grateful). I have enjoyed being involved in NOVEL, as well as the JNO and several other NANOS committees (while maintaining outside interests, as noted above).  

What would you say to members who want to be more involved in NANOS?

 - If you have a desire to be involved in NANOS, there is absolutely something for you. It just takes one short email to someone in charge, and you’ll have plenty of options coming your way.

What do you know at this stage in your career that you wish you knew when you first joined NANOS?

 - Well, I suppose I have the fortune of being early in my career and it has still been a single-digit number of years since I joined NANOS. I think it’s worthwhile to note how approachable everyone in NANOS is at all levels and ages. I, along with others, should take advantage of this and really reach out to and learn from those in leadership roles.

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