New Faculty Q&A with Meaghan Trainor, MD

Meaghan Trainor, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Hematology, Medical Oncology, and Palliative Care
Division of Hospital Medicine

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
I practice both hospice and palliative medicine and hospital medicine. My past experiences in leadership and education have primarily been in the realm of medical education and physician wellness with a particular focus on addressing gender equity.

What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
After training at the University of Michigan, I wanted to continue to learn and grow at an academic institution grounded in similar culture of collaboration, academic excellence, and high-quality patient care — but closer to family! I went to medical school at UW-Madison and always valued the people and culture established here. Coming back was a no brainer!

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
I am incredibly excited to build new relationships, teach and learn from residents and fellows, and explore both educational and leadership opportunities at UW.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
In the COVID era I've come to enjoy running, baking, hiking, eating my husband’s delicious cooking, reading with my toddler, and crafting.

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
“Personal care is patient care.” It’s similar to the air travel mantra of “put the oxygen mask on yourself first.” Clinicians spend years focused on education and training often disregarding their own wellness. However, in order to provide the highest level of patient care, clinicians must first ensure they are addressing their own needs -basic, relational, emotional/psychological, and spiritual.