The STFM Podcast

December 2023: Ensuring Culturally-Responsive Care with Irene Gutierrez, MD

The unique, fast-paced path that led Irene Gutierrez, MD, to becoming a residency director was achieved by providing high-quality, patient-centered care that was sensitive to cultural and socioeconomic differences. In this episode, Dr Gutierrez shares multiple ways practitioners can respectfully interact with patients of a diverse Latino community and all cultures through competency and understanding patients' lives and beliefs. She models how we can identify and manage our own biases and assumptions while gracefully addressing cultural appropriateness in your practice and teaching. 


Hosted by Saria Saccocio, MD, MHA, FAAFP

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Irene Gutierrez, MD: 

Dr Gutierrez grew up in Southeastern Arizona in a small farming community. She attended the University of Arizona for undergraduate, graduate and medical school. Dr Gutierrez completed her residency training in Family Medicine at the University of New Mexico. She completed a faculty development fellowship at University of California-San Francisco. Dr Gutierrez has served in many different leadership capacities within hospitals, clinics and residencies. She is currently an Associate Program Director with Centra Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency in Lynchburg, VA. She has special interests in hospital medicine and procedures. She has been  involved in quality improvement and EMR implementation. She has a goal of improving residency clinic efficiency and processes to hopefully encourage more residents to go into outpatient family medicine.

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