Internal Medicine Residency Training

The Internal Medicine Residency Program at the UNM School of Medicine offers competitive training in internal medicine, preparing our students to pursue subspecialties or primary care tracks. Our program provides flexibility to residents, including the opportunity to do three months of research and the chance to learn more about integrative medicine. 

In addition to the rare opportunity to work with our unique patient population and case mix, our residents enjoy the benefits of living in sunny New Mexico.  

Work/Life Balance 

We are a family friendly program and many of our residents have taken the opportunity to start a family while completing their education at UNM. We believe that ensuring you are a happy, healthy individual outside our program makes you a stronger, more reliable physician. 

Experience Unique Patient Populations 

New Mexico offers unique opportunities for the medical training of residents interested in providing health care to ethnically diverse, rural, and economically marginal populations. One third of the state's population is below the poverty line.  

With its location on the southwestern border of the United States, New Mexico provides exposure to the health problems of urban, interurban, rural, and economically under-developed communities. 

The state enjoys a tri-cultural heritage – Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo. This multiculturalism gives residents the opportunity to work with the traditional healing methods of both the Native American and Hispanic communities.  

The University of New Mexico Hospital serves as the referral system for the Native American health care network within the state. Patients from Southern Colorado, Eastern Arizona, West Texas and Mexico also come to UNM for specialty care. 

Watch Dr. Kendall Rogers give an overview of the UNM Hospital history for more insight into our patient population. 

Our Training Sites

Our primary teaching sites in Albuquerque are University Hospital and the Albuquerque VA Hospital. Each of our teaching sites offers a different perspective in the practice of medicine. 

8 Call Months: 

  • 5 wards (at UH: q6 day call; at VA: q4 call - nights split between interns on team) 
  • 2 MICU UH (Call shifts) 
  • 1 Consultative Medicine 
  • 1 Cardiology Consult VA 
  • 1 Emergency Medicine 
  • 1 Geriatrics 
  • 1 Ambulatory Care 
  • 1 Elective 

6 Call Months: 

  • 2 wards (at UH: q6 day call, no overnight; at VA: q4 call, no overnight) 
  • 2 Night Float (14 nights on in 28) 
  • 1 MICU UH (Call shifts) 
  • 1 Cardiology UH (q4 overnight call) 
  • 1 Hematology-Oncology (no call) 
  • 1 Ambulatory Care 
  • 4 Electives 

5 Call Months 

  • 2 or 3 wards (at UH: q6 day call, no overnight; at VA: q4 call, no overnight) 
  • 1 MICU UH (Call shifts, not all R3s do MICU) 
  • 1 Cardiology UH (q4 overnight call, not all R3s do MICU) 
  • 1 Night Float (14 nights on in 28) 
  • 1 Ambulatory Care 
  • 7 Electives 

Explore Internal Medicine at UNM

The Department of Internal Medicine at UNM offers 14 internal medicine specialty areas. Our expert physician educators train the future leaders in clinical care and research.