New Mexico Clinical Education Program (ClinEd)

Gain rural clinical experience in the New Mexico Clinical Education Program (ClinEd) as you prepare to apply to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. During this six-week summer opportunity, you'll shadow clinicians at a rural primary care facility or community health center.

Clinical Experience for Medical School

The NM ClinEd Program is held on the UNM HSC campus in Albuquerque, NM from June through July. During your time in this program, you can expect the following:

  • Up to five weeks of rural clinical experience in underserved areas of New Mexico.
  • Patient interaction under the supervision of a clinician.
  • Knowledge about community health issues.
  • Extensive research experience and community project development.
  • Mentoring opportunities from health care professionals.
  • Sessions on cultural humility.
  • Stipend upon completion of the program.
  • Potential housing stipend.

Did you Apply for Summer 2020?

Our team will reach out to you via email to provide up to date information about program changes in response to COVID-19. Please check the email you provided on your application.

Your Duties

At your assigned clinic, you'll rotate through various departments while watching and helping medical professionals perform tasks in areas such as:

  • Community outreach and patient education.
  • Intake procedures, physical exams, diagnoses and treatments.
  • Emergency medical services and treatments.
  • Laboratory, pharmacy and x-ray.
  • Administration, business management and medical records.

Eligibility for ClinEd

Consider applying to ClinEd if you:

  • Are a New Mexico resident with a valid Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (for stipend purposes).
  • Are a college pre-med junior, senior or graduate.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Can prove registration for the MCAT exam and, preferably, share your score.
  • Can live near your assigned clinic for five weeks.

Applying for ClinEd

You must submit the following documents to be considered for the program:

  • Student application
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One unofficial copy of your transcript
  • MCAT score report(s) or proof of registration
  • Resume
Headshot Erika Garcia.

“Spending six weeks in a small rural town during the Clinical Education Program made me aware of the health disparities in small rural New Mexican communities. The biggest impact that is immediately felt in my community is that I am filling a cultural void with Spanish-speaking individuals, especially females.”

Erika Garcia, MD, Clovis, NM,, UHSEP and NM CLinED Program Participant