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Is PSJA ISD’s new trustee, Cynthia Gutierrez, really an MD/epidemiologist?

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE PDF FILE  Ed. note: Congratulations to the PSJA Stronger Together campaign slate (incumbents Jesse Zambrano, Jorge Zambrano, Jesse Vela, and newcomer Cynthia Gutierrez) for winning this year’s hard-fought PSJA ISD Board Trustee election against PSJA Family Matters. During this latest campaign, however, some comments were posted on social media, questioning whether or not Cynthia Gutierrez, Place 7, was actually qualified to be an epidemiologist for Hidalgo County, her current employer, or for that matter, is she an MD at all? Gutierrez has said she is a licensed MD in Mexico, graduated from a Medical school in Reynosa, and plans to become a licensed physician in the U.S.; but to do that, to legally practice medicine in Texas, she’d have to complete at least a three-year residency in the U.S., in some area of medicine, and pass a three-step medicallicense process (three different tests). For years, Ms. Gutierrez placed “Dra.” in front of her name, which is the Spanish/ Mexican equivalent of Dr. when applied to female physicians. It seems, though, that over the past few years, she has dropped that title from her name. Don’t know why, because so far, several efforts to reach out to her for comment have met with no success. At her current job with Hidalgo County (epidemiologist), to be named such, one must typically have a master’s degree in public health (MPH). Ms. Gutierrez does not have that degree, but says on her job application that she has five-plus years in the area of public health. After leaving several unsuccessful messages asking Ms. Gutierrez to please call The Advance for comment, in an effort to get at the truth (and answer the medical-related social media posts tossed her way this election), this newspaper made a public information request with Hidalgo County, asking for Ms. Gutierrez’s resume and job qualifications pertaining to her current job as county epidemiologist. The PDF containing our request can be found in its entirety at ANJournal.com. Looking through the credentials Gutierrez presented to the county’s HR Department (garnered via a public info request), there are several questions that leave one wondering, how does one explain this? For example: • Under the county’s question – “Are you a graduate from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and major course study in any of the following associated fields – public health, clinical lab sciences, or related field of study,” how can ...

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