Residency Class of 2017

Elisa Gutierrez MD

Being born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico has certainly shaped and guided my career in medicine. As a family physician, I look forward to fostering strong relationships that promote a healthy family, as well as having a positive influence on the community as a whole. Having grown up in a primarily immigrant community, I have a strong interest in working with minority groups and addressing the health disparities facing them.

In addition, I'm interested in global health, adolescent medicine, health prevention, and education. Family medicine is the only field of medicine that allows me to combine all my interests, but most importantly to me, I believe family medicine is the ideal field for addressing the health disparities in underserved minority communities within our country and around the world.

After graduating from Cornell University, I specifically chose UNM for this wonderful journey because of their strong focus on community medicine, the patient population, and the many opportunities available to explore my interests.

Kristy Riniker MD

Raised in Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of a teacher and a social worker, I was involved in community service from a young age. As a cultural anthropology major at the University of Texas, I participated in a Human Rights Delegation in Bosnia, which led me towards an interest in development work.

On a subsequent medical mission trip to Kenya, I saw first-hand the influence doctors could have on not only treating disease, but also improving health, which spurred my interest in becoming a physician. Before starting medical school, I moved with my husband to Sanaa, Yemen, where I taught English and studied women’s health as part of my MPH.

I was drawn to Family Medicine because of the focus on the patient as a whole and the integral connections with public health. Following graduation from medical school at UT- San Antonio, I chose UNM for my residency training because of the strong commitment to community service, public health, rural medicine, research and innovation.

As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, I am committed to serving the underserved, and the opportunity to be in an academic center in Albuquerque for a year, followed by a community program in Santa Fe, is ideal for training me to be an excellent Family Physician ready to practice in any setting.