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.  We welcome residents with  diverse backgrounds from all over the world. 

Residency Tracks

Hospitalist 

The Hospitalist Training Track (HTT) within the University of New Mexico (UNM) Internal Medicine Residency Program is designed to provide residents interested in hospital medicine with training and exposures to principles and topics within the specialty beyond the existing residency curriculum. 

Primary Care 

The Primary Care Track was created in 2010 by a group of residents to provide robust training in ambulatory care and chronic disease management. Residents from each class may choose to enter the track at the end of their intern year; the curriculum is embedded into the traditional R2 and R3 years. 

Integrative Medicine 

The Integrative Medicine Track is the first of its kind in the United States, demonstrating the innovation and flexibility of the program.  Thprogram takes a proactive approach to meeting the health care needs by providing an opportunity for residents to focus on prevention and wellness as an antidote for the nation’s health care crisis. 

Engaging Curriculum

Residents have multiple opportunites for learning in afternoon reports, Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, Hospitalist Best Practices, Morbity and Mortality Conference, journal clubs and our own academic half day.

We offer protected half day on Thursday afternoons for residents to engage with our internal medicine curriculme. The first eight weeks of the academic year cover core topics in internal medicine for interns. Each month is dedicated to a different subject including medicine subspecialites, residents as educators and board review.

Created by our faculty, 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.

These weekly, case-based discussions take place during continuity clinic and cover core primary care topics.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Department of Internal Medicine require all categorical internal medicine residents complete a scholarly activity project.

This requirement is intended to enhance the resident's understanding of a clinical area and/or research methodology including; design, implementation, interpretation, and presentation of results. The project can take place at any time during your residency in serial or sporadic research blocks or concurrently with regular clinical rotations. Up to three months may be granted for a well-designed project. Even while on a research block, residents are still responsible for their continuity clinic patient care. 

All categorical residents will be required to present the results of their project as a poster, oral presentation, or manuscript. Presentations may be at the Regional Annual Meeting of the American College of Physicians, or the Mountain West Society of Gerneral Internal Medicine or the Carmel Meeting, or other national meeting.

Each year a resident who has done an exceptional job on a project is awarded the Excellence in Research Award and the residency banquet.

The UNM School of Medicine has a wealth of reseources to support your research and scholarly activity projects.

  • The Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center (HSLIC) offers extensive collection of materials appropriate for today's medical research, along with dedicated medical research librarians to suport your literature reviews and research needs.
  • UNM Faculty offer extensive expertise in a broad range of fields and engage in ongoing research. They also provide mentorship for residents.
  • Biostatistics support through the CTSC is provided for up to 5 hours.
  • Acces to Red Cap for surveys

Quality Improvement Chief Residents at UNM and the VA assists residents with quality improvement activities in their continuity clinics and inpatient settings to provide high quality patient care.

QI Curriculum is part of Thursday School programming. Morbidity & Mortality Conference is structured to be systems-based QI activity.

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.

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. These include medical economics, toxicology, integrative medicine, transfusion medicine, and heme-pathology.

Off-site locations for our residents allow them 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.

Opportunities to pursue research your intern year allow preparation for applying for fellowship your second year. All categorical residents complete a Scholarly Project and many of our residents do several. For those who want to complete more in-depth projects, residents can complete up to three months of research electives.

What do I like about the program? The people!!! My co-residents and the attendings are great to work with and supportive. Great exposure for education.
Aaron Jones, DO, Residency Class of 2022