Excellence in Education and Surgical Training

Welcome to Our Program

The UNM Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is a five-year training program fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. It accepts five residents annually through the National Resident Matching Program. Learn more about our 2017-22 selectees.

Our program graduates now practice orthopaedic surgery throughout the United States, in both private practice and academic settings. Over 90% of our residents  pursue fellowship training after graduation. And, in the past 10 years, 97% of our graduates have passed both Parts I and II of their Boards on their first attempt.

Major Teaching Hospital and Only Level-1 Trauma Center

The major teaching hospital for the program is the University of New Mexico Hospital, which includes a full-compliment of children's services with treatment areas at the Main hospital and nearby at Carrie Tingley Children's Outpatient Hospital. The nearby Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) provide additional sites for resident rotations. These affiliated hospitals provide a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal problems and pathology related to all ages.

Who We Are

Post Graduate Curricula

Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY 1) consists of 6 months of orthopaedics plus rotations through Anesthesiology, ER, Radiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Plastics, Vascular and General Surgery Trauma. The remaining four years of training (PGY 2 through PGY 5) focus on both adult and pediatric orthopaedic surgery.

Unique Rotations and Learning Opportunities

Why choose University of New Mexico

Useful Information

Orthopaedic surgery residents share in the responsibility of teaching one another, medical students, and students enrolled in other allied health professional programs. A Residents as Educators Program is provided for those with a particular interest in education. Additionally, research is an important component of the residency program. Residents are required to complete one publishable project by the end of training. Research is supported by the department in the form of funding, statistical analysis support, monthly research meetings, and early engagement of all trainees. Residents are supported for travel to conferences where their research is accepted for presentation.

The program allows for graduated levels of responsibility in terms of patient care and program administration. Call responsibilities are present throughout the training period. Junior residents take call in-house at the University Hospital except during the pediatric rotations where call is from home. VAMC and senior resident call are also from home. The residency program strictly adheres to the 80-hour work week guidelines, and all residents will be expected to comply with this mandate.

Program goals and objectives apply to both residents and teaching faculty. Residents are evaluated after each rotation through a “360-degree evaluation” process which allows for feedback from caregivers across the patient care spectrum as well as staff and faculty. Residents meet with the Residency Program Director semiannually to discuss progress and define individual goals and objectives. Participation in the annual Orthopaedic In-Training Exam (OITE) is also required.

The program also provides financial support for attending educational conferences or to present research. Funding for annual purchasing of orthopaedic textbooks is provided, too. Additionally, our orthopaedic library contains a large selection of historic and contemporary texts and journals plus current copies of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons study materials. The University of New Mexico School of Medicine Library also offers an extensive collection of orthopaedic material and allows access to PubMed®, MDConsult, and other portals from any computer.




Practice Location

Luke Bulthuis Sports Kaiser Orange County Santa Fe, NM
Judd Fitzgerald Sports Vanderbilt Tri Cities, WA
Mischa Hopson Sports Houston Methodist Houston, TX
Reilly Kuehn Trauma UC Davis Spokane, WA
Heather Menzer Sports University of Virginia Phoenix, AZ
Michael Decker Adult Recon Western Univ London, ON Albuquerque, NM
Katherine Gavin Foot and Ankle Rush Orthopedics Albuquerque, NM
Keith Gill Sports University of Virginia Decatur, TX
Drew Newhoff Hand University of Colorado Albuquerque, NM
Ian Power Sports Campbell Clinic Albuquerque, NM
Erika Garbrecht Oncology University of Miami Miami, FL
Brett Mulawka Adult Recon Harvard - Mass General Spokane, WA
Brielle Payne Pediatrics Texas Childrens New Orleans, LA
Tony Pedri Trauma University of Minnesota Rock Springs, WY
Alex Telis Trauma USC Spokane, WA
Chris Bankhead Sports University of Virginia Baton Rouge, LA
Andy Dollahite Military NA Biloxi, MS
Patrick Gilligan Adult Recon West Virginia University Albuquerque, NM
Paul Johnson Spine University of Wisconsin Bountiful, UT
Jay Wojcik Adult Recon Florida Orthopedic Inst. Albuquerque, NM
Paul Goodwyn Trauma Sonoran Orthopedics
Travis Hughes Trauma UT Houston
Aditi Majumdar Sports Boston Childrens
Andrew Parsons Pediatrics Texas Childrens
Chris Shultz Sports Duke

Enjoy previous Grand Rounds presentations via Zoom. Be sure to remember or copy the password to access the presentations.

02/24/2021 - A View of Shoulder Surgery: Technology and Technique

Frederick Matsen, MD

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 02/10/2021 - Anterolateral Ligament of the Knee

Jonathan Tobey, MD

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02/17/2021 - Hand Manifestations of Systemic Disease

M. Elizabeth Gibson, MD

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01/27/2020 - Bone Health in the Young Adult

Rebecca Dutton, MD

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I chose to train at The University of New Mexico because of the great group of residents and faculty who are genuinely interested in your growth as a resident and surgeon. My favorite experiences consist of time spent learning surgery with upper level residents, fellows, and faculty.

Tim Choi, MD, Class of 2024

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Residency Director

Gehron Treme, MD

Associate Director

Selina Silva, MD

1 University of New Mexico

MSC10 5600

Albuquerque, NM 87131

Residency Coordinator

Joni Roberts

Phone: (505) 272-6472

Fax: (505) 272-8098

Email: jroberts@salud.unm.edu