Maggie Plattes's story began outside of Pequot Lakes, a small town in north central Minnesota. “Both of my parents are family medicine practitioners and their examples of excellence, service, and balance sparked my desire to study medicine.” Growing up in a rural medically underserved area instilled in her a commitment to working with marginalized communities.
Maggie received her undergraduate degree in biology from Taylor University, in central Indiana. There she pursued her interests in the sciences and mental health, but it wasn’t until she returned to northern Minnesota to work at a community mental health clinic that she discovered how her desire to work with underserved populations fit within medicine. “Working at a mental health center, I saw my passion for mental health cross paths with my vision to provide medical care to the underserved, and I knew that I had identified the population I wanted to serve."
“I decided on the University of Minnesota Medical School because of its close proximity to home, along with its outstanding Rural Physician Associate Program,” she says. This unique longitudinal program at the UMN Medical School compliments Maggie's desire to work in underserved populations.
“The White Coat Ceremony is an outward expression of an inward commitment,” notes Maggie. “It represents the responsibility and privilege of entering into the medical community and the accountability we now have to our fellow classmates, peers, family, and community.”