Pediatric Residency

As a resident at UNM, you will experience a rigorous training program in a supportive environment. Whether your goal is primary care or subspecialty training, community or academic practice, our program will afford you a robust pediatric foundation, setting you on the path to a successful career.

Excellent Training, Resident-Focused Program

UNM's pediatric residency program is flexible and innovative. Our individualized track system allows flexibility during your training years to best prepare you for your own career goals. Our tracks include:

  • Ambulatory
  • Hospitalist
  • Fellowship
  • Global and Rural Health

We emphasize resident education throughout our curriculum, in additional to developing physician educators. Our residents are also active in community advocacy and scholarly activities.

Our faculty are leading clinicians, teachers and mentors in a variety of specialties. Choose a mentor to be your professional guide as you need advice and work towards your career goals.

As a resident, your voice will be heard. You can share ideas and concerns in monthly housestaff meetings and join groups such as the Program Evaluation Committee. Our Intern Selection Committee is comprised primarily of current residents - you'll play a major role in selecting your peers from around the country.

Residency FAQs

New Mexico has the highest proportion of Hispanic and Native American people in the US. It is a culturally diverse state - residents work with a variety of medically underserved and minority populations.

The UNM Children’s Hospital provides tertiary care for the entire state, as well as primary care for a sizable part of Albuquerque and surrounding communities.

We have talented faculty who practice in all medical subspecialties.

At UNM, you will work directly with the faculty and get to know them well. Our faculty are approachable and accessible—teaching is important to them. Pediatric residents are treated as colleagues.

The UNM Children’s Hospital is the primary site for inpatient and outpatient care. We have several excellent off-hospital sites where residents may go during electives or subspecialty rotations—including Taos, Silver City, Raton, Los Alamos, Roswell, Gallup, Zuni and Shiprock, NM.

Remaining primarily in one hospital gives you a “home” and allows you to interact with faculty, nurses, support personnel and fellow residents.

We have a medium-sized program—16 categorical pediatric residents per year plus one to two child neurology residents for their first two years. Our program is large enough to offer the full spectrum of pediatric subspecialties, yet small enough to be supportive and personal.

In addition, we work closely with Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and Anesthesiology residents, who rotate through our services.

No. Many residents and faculty do not speak Spanish at UNM. The majority of our patients are English-speaking, but our patients’ languages are diverse. UNM uses a robust interpreter service, which includes in-person interpreters, video interpreters and phone service interpreters.

Residents who are Spanish speaking will have plenty of opportunity to use and refine this skill in patient care. You can request to have your Continuity Clinic at the Young Children’s Health Center, where the majority of patients are Spanish-speaking.

Albuquerque offers a low cost of living, 310 days of sunshine and numerous year-round outdoor activities. You’ll be 30 minutes from the Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande, just a short drive to hiking, skiing, kayaking and more.

Our close-knit group of residents often get together at local restaurants, parks and sports events. Discover Albuquerque.

Apply for Residency

Our categorical program accepts 16 residents each year. We also have 1-2 Child Neurology residents per year for the first 2 years of their training.