Plastic, Hand, Reconstructive & Burn Residency Program

Your future starts now! Application deadline for the General Surgery Residency program is Nov. 10. Interviews will begin in December.



Plastic, Hand, Reconstructive & Burn Residency Program

The mission of the UNM Plastic, Hand and Burn Surgery division is to provide excellent clinical care in all aspects of the specialty, and to use this clinical base to provide an excellent and well-balanced educational experience for trainees at all levels. 

Our goal is to provide outstanding training in Plastic Surgery including patient care, teaching, and research. We aim for an educational program we can be proud of, where all interested individuals have an opportunity to contribute and grow as teachers, mentors, learners, educators, researchers and administrators.

Maximize Your Potential in a Supportive Environment

The Division of Plastic, Hand and Burn Surgery seeks our faculty, educational staff, and learners to feel respected, treated fairly, listened to, and accountable for the quality of the educational programs. 

Our aim is to provide a positive and supportive learning climate where individuals, regardless of level, are properly challenged to achieve their maximum potential personally and professionally. Above all, we want to achieve satisfaction from the accomplishments of our learners, as well as the full time and voluntary faculty. 

We are dedicated to educating the next generation of Plastic Surgeons to become exceptional clinicians, clear and insightful scientific thinkers, and generous citizens with unimpeachable ethical qualities. We seek to instill a dedicated, high quality spirit of service to the people of the State of New Mexico and beyond. 


Applicants for residency training at UNM Health Sciences Center must meet one of the following qualifications: 

  • Graduate of medical school in the U.S. and Canada which has been accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Graduate of an international medical school meeting one of the following qualifications:
    • Have a currently valid ECFMG certificate or
    • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction
    • Graduate of international medical school who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school 

Our Residency Program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  Any information submitted outside of ERAS cannot be accepted. 

How to Apply

To apply for our Residency Program, submit the following documents: 

  • ERAS application
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • 3 or 4 letters of recommendation
  • MSPE (Dean's letter) 

Residents accepted into the program will need to successfully complete both parts of USMLE Step 2 to start the program.  We strongly encourage applicants to take both parts of USMLE Step 2 before March 1 to permit reporting of scores before the start of orientation in late June.  Reporting of USMLE scores can take approximately 8 weeks.  Consult the USMLE Policy for full details.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency

Program Director & Residency Coordinator

Gregory Borah

Department of Surgery

1 University of New Mexico

MSC10 5610

Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001


Bernadette Pierce