Care for New Mexico’s Seniors

Study, train and work as a geriatric provider. Consider UNM for your medical education. 


UNM Geriatrics experts guide and train tomorrow's senior care providers through all levels of medical education. Your training will include care in diverse inpatient, outpatient and palliative care settings, honing your experience in geriatric clinical care. 


Train through our senior mentor program or an elective rotation. Apply for a fellowship or connect with geriatrics across New Mexico through the UNM Center on Aging. Your geriatrics career begins with educational opportunities at UNM.  

Enroll in an MD program at the UNM School of Medicine. Apply now

UNM Senior Mentor Program

The voluntary Senior Mentor Program at UNM pairs first-year medical, physician assistant, occupational therapy and physical therapy students with active adults 70 and older. This gives an opportunity for future health care providers to learn more about communicating with older adults and about the health issues that are of concern to them. 

The students and their Senior Mentors meet three times between October and May to develop a social relationship and discuss assigned health-related topics. Meetings take place in the mentors’ homes or other mutually agreed-upon locations, and normally last one to two hours. The total time commitment per academic year is about 15 hours. 
Become a mentor. Contact program coordinator Lloryn Swan at 505-272-4837 today. 

Ambulatory Clerkship

In your fourth-year geriatric elective, you will spend one month with a team of health care professionals. Together you will evaluate and manage complex medical, functional, psychosocial and caregiver problems faced by the growing population of elderly patients. 
You will work in a variety of settings with senior patients, under the supervision of an attending physician. Complete geriatric assessments at the Senior Health Clinic, go on home visits, attend subspecialty clinics and attend weekly interest rounds with presentations from other residents, fellows and physicians.


Continue your education with a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine. Complete this one-year post-residency training to develop the skills and ethics needed to care for seniors.


Pursue a Fellowship

Spend one year rotating through UNM Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital caring for seniors. See what you’ll learn and how you can apply. 

UNM Center for Aging

The Center on Aging was created in 1988 and has since been hosting geriatric and gerontological activities within the University. The interdepartmental faculty and staff use the Center for implementing interprofessional geriatric educational programs.  
We provide activities and educational events for physicians across the state. The Center is a convenient location off-campus, which provides easy access to our collaborative partners in Albuquerque. 

Geriatrics Contact

Section Chief of Geriatrics

Nitin Budhwar, MD 
Department of Internal Medicine 
MSC 10 5550
1 University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM 87131- 0001

Phone: (505) 272-2147