Train with PM&R Experts as a UNM Resident

Residency Program Overview

The Lovelace-UNM PM&R Residency Program is a four-year categorical program located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You'll get exposure to 21 didactic topics and 7 clinical rotations.

Our residents have the unique opportunity to train in the state's only academic medical center, Level I Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center and dedicated children's hospital. These four premier training sites are conveniently located within 15 minutes of each other by car.

Where You'll Train

UNM Hospital and Clinics

UNMH is a 556-bed public teaching hospital and the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the state of New Mexico.

UNMH is also home to the only certified burn unit and designated stroke center in the state.

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Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital

LRH is a 62-bed acute inpatient rehab hospital. LRH offers expert services for a variety of conditions including spinal cord and brain injuries, major multiple traumas and chronic pain.

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Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center

VAMC is a VHA complexity level 2, tertiary care referral center, supporting a wide variety of rehab services for veterans.

We provide care for patients with conditions such as comprehensive brain injury, polytrauma and spinal cord injuries. We also provide interdisciplinary chronic pain management services, as well as amputee and orthotics clinics.

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UNM Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital

CTH is the only full-service children's hospital in New Mexico. CTH also comprises the state's only pediatric rehabilitation center.

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PM&R Residency: What to Expect

An organized, 18-month didactic curriculum complements the residents’ clinical education. Lectures are led by faculty through weekly, half-day sessions, during which residents are relieved of clinical duties to focus on their didactic learning. 

The curriculum comprises the core areas of physiatric practice, including:

  • Introduction to PM&R
  • Brain Injury and Stroke
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • MSK and Sports Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Pediatrics
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Electrodiagnosis
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Palliative Care
  • Neurology
  • Rheumatology
  • Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehab
  • Physiatric Therapeutics
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Research and QI
  • Business of Medicine
  • Physician Wellness

Residents also attend monthly grand rounds and journal clubs in addition to rotation-specific lectures and learning sessions. 

Residents have opportunities for a broad range of scholarship in the form of research, curriculum development, quality improvement and community outreach. You will receive regular support and mentorship throughout your training to encourage personal growth and success in your scholarly pursuits.

Residents are required to participate at least two scholarly activities during the course of training. At least one of these should be in the form of a quality/process improvement project.

During the advanced years of training (PGY-2 through PGY-4), all call is taken from home. Expect to average 7 weeks of call during the PGY-2 year and 3 weeks of call during the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years.

New Mexico's Premier PM&R Residency

Apply for one of five residency positions at UNM. Train with PM&R experts at New Mexico's only academic medical center.

Clinical Rotations

Your PGY-1 year will be co-managed in coordination with the accredited Internal Medicine Preliminary Year Program at UNM. Rotation experiences include:

  • Inpatient wards
  • Emergency medicine
  • Critical care
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Palliative care
  • Rheumatology

The rotations for your PGY2 - PGY4 years are divided into 10 blocks a year. Each block lasts five to six weeks. Rotations are divided between inpatient and outpatient responsibilities, with approximately 12.5 months of inpatient training, 2.5 months of inpatient consultations, and 21 months of outpatient experience.  Two blocks of elective rotations are permitted during the PGY3 and PGY4 years.

Advanced Clinical Exposure by PGY-level




General Inpatient Rehabilitation

General Inpatient Rehabilitation

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Brain Injury Rehabilitation



General Outpatient Rehabilitation


Sport and Spine

Introduction to MSK and Pain

Sport and Spine

Pain Management

Occupational Medicine

Pain Management

Neuromuscular and EMG


Neuromuscular and EMG

Prosthetics and Orthotics


Prosthetics and Orthotics

Occupational Medicine



General Outpatient Rehabilitation




Expert PM&R Patient Care

As the only academic medical center in New Mexico, we are the state's preeminent PM&R referral hub.

UNM clinical faculty, students and residents care for patients with the most complex rehabilitation cases in the state.

Explore the physical medicine and rehab services we provide for children and adults from throughout the Southwest.

UNM's PM&R Residency

By the Numbers

  • 5 Competitive Resident & Intern Positions Each Year
  • #1 New Mexico's Premier PM&R Residency Program
  • 1:24 1 of Just 24 U.S. VA-designated Spinal Cord Injury Centers

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dyanna Monahan
Residency Program Coordinator
UNM Hospital
2211 Lomas NE

Albuquerque, NM 87131