Hannah Johnson, MD

Hometown: Burlington, Vermont

Career Goals: Global health

Why UNM: For an excellent and comprehensive training in pediatrics, I prioritized ranking children's hospitals that had high patient volume and high acuity so that I would emerge from residency being confidently able to manage a vast range of pediatric conditions, and UNM undoubtedly fulfills these requirements. Furthermore, I cannot think of a place in the United States with better opportunities to address social determinants of health. Residents play a crucial role in the wellbeing of children and families in Albuquerque, the state of New Mexico, and beyond, and learn how to connect caregivers with the available resources that will make a difference in the life of their child, outside the walls of the clinic or the hospital.

Favorite Things About UNM: The patients who seek care at UNM, both local and from far-reaching rural places, are diverse and often complex. Our attendings grant a lot of autonomy to the residents, and there are no fellows in most specialties, so we work closely with subspecialists and make a lot of decisions on our own. There is a collegiate atmosphere where everyone is a valued member of the team. I enjoy working alongside pediatricians who also embrace health care as a human right, and who try hard to deliver the best care possible to all of their patients.

Favorite Things About NM: At UNM, you get the benefits of working and learning at a large institution, but with super easy access to the outdoors - a rare combination that was important to me when choosing where to go for residency. After work, within 20 minutes I can be biking along the Rio Grande, hiking in the Sandia Mountains, or running on my favorite rugged canyon trail. Even though I moved here from Vermont during the pandemic, I still feel as though I've been able to safely explore my new home - by getting after it in the mountains as much as possible, and I can't wait to chase some western pow when ski season arrives!