Internal Medicine Residency Program

The Internal Medicine Residency Program will prepare you to be a competent, competitive, and compassionate internist in any field you choose. Whether you aspire to be an academic sub-specialist or a rural primary care doctor, our program has the committed faculty, diversity of clinical exposure, innovative educational curriculum, and flexible scheduling to help you reach your goals. 

The University of New Mexico Hospital and the VA Medical Center are the largest teaching hospitals in the state and serve as referral centers for a geographic area that extends into neighboring states. Add the fact that UNM Hospital is a county hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center, and you get unparalleled clinical diversity under the umbrella of an outstanding academic institution committed to under-served communities. 

Prepare for your Career in a Supportive Learning Environment 

Our community of residents, faculty and staff are here to support you through the most exciting and challenging time of your life. We pride ourselves on creating a culture that replaces the typical hierarchy of medical education with a learning environment defined by mutual respect, intellectual curiosity, and resident teamwork, while preserving resident autonomy in clinical decision making.  

Our program administration and faculty are attentive and responsive to residents’ needs, resulting in a program that is always evolving to create the most academic, flexible, and supportive training. 

Innovative Curriculum

Internal Medicine Fellowships at UNM are offered by most subspecialty divisions in the Department of Internal Medicine. Our fellowship program assumes a forward-thinking perspective in meeting the health care challenge of our country by providing an opportunity for our residents to embark on prevention and wellness as an antidote for the nation’s health care crisis. 

We offer protected time on Thursday afternoons for residents to engage with our internal medicine curriculum. The first eight weeks of the academic year cover core topics in internal medicine for interns (getting started on the wards, introduction to clinic, core clinical topics include PE, CHF, CAP, etc.). Thereafter, each month is dedicated to a different subject matter - cardiology, pulmonology, etc. We also cover topics such as Palliative Care, Geriatrics, General Medicine and Residents-as-Educators and provide theme-based board review monthly. 

  • Inpatient Curriculum: Created by our VA hospitalists, this curriculum includes weekly, case-based modules covering foundational inpatient topics. Our ward teams complete these interactive modules that also feature board review style questions on their call days. 
  • Ambulatory Curriculum: These weekly, case-based discussions take place during continuity clinic and cover core primary care topics such as lower back pain, headache, and screening for prostate cancer. 
  • Didactic Curriculum: Morning and afternoon reports, IM grand rounds, hospitalist grand rounds, clinical pathological case conferences, journal clubs and more! 

Innovative Rotations 

Our program allows the flexibility and autonomy for residents to create their own electives such as medical education, transplant medicine, renal pathology, and radiation oncology. 

  • Electives: In addition to standard medicine subspecialties and outpatient electives (like dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, women’s health) we also are very proud of our non-traditional electives, including medical economics, palliative care, integrative medicine, transfusion medicine, and heme-pathology. 
  • Off-site Rotations: Rotations are established off-site for our residents to see and experience Internal Medicine outside of the traditional academic setting. This includes hospitalist rotations at urban and rural sites in New Mexico as well as rotations on the Navajo Nation. 
  • Research: Opportunities to pursue research your intern year allow preparation for applying for fellowship your second year. See the Scholarly Project page for more details. For those who want to complete more in-depth projects, residents can complete up to three months of research electives. 

Meet the Residency Director

Dr. Jernigan has been an Associate Program Director in the Office of Education since 2003, working closely with the residents both on the outpatient and inpatient settings.

Jennifer Jernigan, MD, is the Vice Chair, Office of Education and Residency Program Director for Internal Medicine