Maggie Wilkins was born in Argentina. She later moved to the US, where she was raised in a healthcare-centric environment in the Boise area. As a grade-schooler, she often sat in the local hospital’s nursing station after school, listening to her mother as she translated doctors’ and nurses’ instructions into Spanish.
After witnessing firsthand how instrumental healthcare professionals could be in changing lives, Maggie decided to join the medical field herself. She enrolled in the University of Washington School of Medicine’s WWAMI satellite program and is now excited to add some hands-on experience to her classroom learning.
“I feel like I’ve learned more (shadowing Dr. Packer) in the past 3 days,” she said, “than I have in the past year of med school. Med school provided a foundation to work from, but being with patients every day is great because I can actually apply what I’ve been taught.”
Dr. Packer’s extensive experience in family practice was instrumental in Maggie’s choice to locate here.
“I love going to Yellowstone, the Tetons, and Henry’s Lake, and being outdoors,” she said. “It’s beautiful here, and I’m excited to take advantage of living here.”
We’re thrilled to be able to support Maggie in her journey, along with many others who, like her, are on their way to become tomorrow’s medical professionals.