Life Outside of the Hospital

New Mexico is home to world class skiing and winter sports.

With 300 days of sunshine New Mexico is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts or simply going for a leisurely hike with your K-9 friend.
With most places being dog friendly you nearly never have to worry about leaving your furry friends at home.
Work-life balance is at the core of our approach in education and faculty support.
We love our furry friends.
Outdoor summer sports in New Mexico are no more than a 30 minute trip in any direction from Albuquerque city center.
Mountain ranges across the New Mexico landscape offer some of the best mountain biking trails in the southwest.
For those who prefer climbing rock face New Mexico is the place for you.
The outdoor door opportunites outside of the hospital in New Mexico are endless.
During the winter months skiing and serene beauty is never far.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Internal Medicine

Our vision as an HSC is to make more progress in New Mexico's health and health equity than any other state, in collaboration with community partners.

All New Mexicans should have access to preventive and advanced health care-and the opportunity for an excellent education in the health sciences. This dual belief is ingrained in our values and mission. It drives us every day to provide exceptional services.

Our values guide our vision:

  • Excellence in education, patient care and research
  • Commitment to service, quality and safety
  • Integrity and accountability
  • Respect and compassion for all people
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Providing hope for those we serve

These shared values are creating a culture of respect based on recognizing that our ability to understand and succeed in a multicultural world is critical fo innovation in a changing health care landscape.

Our Residents

Cultural competency is paramount to improving the quality of care for patients and their outcomes. The clinical and educational environment that our housestaff is exposed to during their training will prepare them to be among the most culturally competent doctors in the nation. New Mexico is a minority majority state and is home to one of the most diverse communities in the country, with large populations of Native Americans and Hispanics. As a tertiary care center,UNM Hospital serves large underserved populations throughout New Mexico. For instance, New Mexico is home to 19 Pueblo tribes which are each their own sovereign nation and have distinct languages and cultures. The Hispanic population is nearing 50% of the total population and brings a unique look into the changing face of America.

Academic medicine has a key role to play in addressing health disparities and providing care for the underserved. To this end, there are many opportunities to be at the forefront of change.

Internal Medicine is aligned with Office DEI, HSC

To advance diversity, equity and inclusivity for all throughout New Mexico's Health Science institutions and
the communities they serve.

A diverse and inclusive UNM Health Sciences fosters health and well-being throughout New Mexico by weaving cultural humility and respect for all people.

The UNM Health Sciences Center's most important value is a steadfast duty to improve the health of all New Mexicans. We will serve our patients and the public with integrity and accountability. We will strive as an institution and as individuals to recognize, cultivate and promote all forms of diversity; to fully understand the health needs of our communities; and to advance clinical, academic, and research excellence. We are committed to perform our duties with compassion and respect for our patients, learners, and colleagues; and always to conduct ourselves with the highest level of professionalism.

The department is working on threading DEI-reiated content throughout our medical school clerkship and residency and fellowship programs. Themes of particular interest include:

  • Gender discrimination in the work environment
  • Indigenous health
  • Anti-racism
  • Border and migrant health
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender health/Sexual and Gender Minority Health
  • Health advocacy
  • Language concordant care

Advancing from 12erce12tion to realitY.: How to accelerate and achieve gender eguitY now.

Leung Tl, Barrett E, Lin TL, Moyer DV. Perspect Med Educ. 2019 Dec;8(6):317-319. doi: 10.1007/ s40037-019-00545-4.

Gender Differences in Resident Assessment: The Glass Ceiling and StickY Floor for Women in Medicine Begin Early.,, Hingle S,  Barrett E. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Jul 1;3(7):e2010985. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.10985.

High_geograP-hic P-revalence of P-Ulmonary artery....bY.12ertension: associations with ethnicity,  drug use, and altitude. Dubroff J, Melendres L, Lin Y,  Beene DR,  Ketai  L.

Differences in Health-Related Quality of Life Between New Mexican His12anic and Non-His12anic White Smokers. Diaz AA, Petersen H, Meek P, Sood A, Celli B, Tesfaigzi Y.

Ask the department for other recent publications on health disparity

Visit to learn more about the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion American College of Physicians.

Visit to learn more about the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion American Medical Association efforts.


-GME Diversity Committee Launched July 2020 (link coming)

-Office of DEI

-HSC Diversity Mavens

-Learning Environment Office

Culture and  Heritage in Albuquerque,  New Mexico
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  • Hispanic & Latino
  • African American
  • Asian American
  • Western Legacy
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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DEI Vice Chair

Lana Melendres-Groves MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care

Department of Internal Medicine

1 University of New Mexico

MSC10 5590

Albuquerque, NM 87131
Phone: (505) 272-4751