Gretchen M. Irwin, MD, MBA, FAAFP

Dr. Irwin is the program director at the University of Kansas-Wichita/Wesley Program in Wichita, Kansas.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and an MBA (Health Care Leadership) from Rockhurst University Helzberg School of Management in Kansas City, Missouri.

What are your greatest professional interests?

Like all program directors, I am very interested in how to improve the educational experience of residents  and have the typical interests in curriculum development and evaluation.  I also am interested in quality improvement, practice management, men’s health and maternity care.

What are your personal hobbies and interests?

I love to read, watch movies and spend time with my family.

If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about graduate medical education, what would it be?

If I could wave a magic wand, I’d align the resources for graduate medical education with the priorities that the healthcare system needs. Too often, I hear of programs that are having trouble accessing the funding or clinical opportunities needed to train the types of family physicians that their communities desperately need. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a program director never had to worry about scarce resources when determining how to best train the kinds of family physicians needed to provide healthcare to all people?

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