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Maisie O’Meara, MD

Maisie O'Meara, MDHometown: 
Lexington, Nebraska

Medical School:
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Why did you choose Valley Children's Pediatric Residency Program?
I chose Valley Children’s because it truly is the whole package. First and foremost, the program is full of genuinely good people who share a deep passion for making a real difference in the lives of all the children and families they serve. The program leadership and faculty are very supportive and committed to providing top-notch training for residents. The incredible diversity of the patient population enhances the experience even further. A culture of compassion, acceptance, collaboration, and inclusion resonates throughout all of Valley Children's, and I am thrilled to be joining such an extraordinary group of professionals.

What are your hobbies?
Spending time with my goldendoodle Rory, yoga, meditation, exploring new coffee shops, personal development, travel. I also love the beach and the mountains but have always had limited access to these having lived in Nebraska my whole life. I can hardly contain my excitement about being in such close proximity to both beaches and mountains throughout my time in residency!

What are your advocacy interests?
Homeless youth; combatting the harmful effects childhood trauma has on health and development; improving access and quality of pediatric healthcare in resource-limited countries around the world

What is your care philosophy?
In our role as physicians, I believe it is absolutely imperative that we take the time to uncover and address all the pieces of our patients’ lives that influence their health. This includes, at the very least, relevant social, psychological, emotional, cultural, environmental, and financial factors. Anything less, and we’re doing our patients a great disservice. When these issues are taken into account from the get-go, we waste no time or money prescribing impractical care plans and instead maximize our efficiency. Additionally, by expressing genuine concern for the patient's overall well-being rather than focusing solely on the presenting health problem, patients feel seen and supported, and the doctor-patient relationship is thus strengthened tremendously.