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Welcome from the Program Director

The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine offers a four-year anesthesiology training program at the state’s only Level I Trauma Center, a 580-bed facility.

The anesthesiology residency program has a rich history dating back to 1988, and has produced a steady stream of excellent graduates practicing across the nation in both private and academic environments. Our program graduates are fully prepared to enter a variety of careers including general anesthesiology practice, fellowship training in a subspecialty and academic medicine.

The department also runs a basic science laboratory designed to encourage and nurture residents interested in combining basic science and clinical research. In addition, the program runs an ASA-accredited MOCA simulation center that trains residents in real-world crisis management skills. Our commitment to providing a great learning environment for resident education earned us the maximum five-year credentialing period in our last ACGME accreditation visit.

Currently, the program offers eight house staff spots per clinical anesthesia year. The department also employs 33 midlevel providers, and 58 faculty members who've trained at some of the finest institutions in the US and abroad. 

UNM sits in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico, with a population of over 900,000 people. It boasts a diverse, cultural mix of Hispanic, Native American and Asian populations. Each fall, the city also hosts the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, an event that holds the distinction of being the most photographed event in the world with thousands of tourists flocking to see the Mass Ascension of hundreds of hot air balloons.

Albuquerque also plays host to several premier engineering labs, including Sandia National Laboratory, Intel Corporation and nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory. The southern part of the city is home to Kirtland Air Force Base. In 2014, Forbes magazine rated the city seventh among America’s engineering capitals, and in 2009, US News and World Reports rated Albuquerque among the Top 10 Best Cities to Live.

Come visit us here in the beautiful American Southwest and discover for yourself what our residents are smiling about!

Tony Yen, MD

Program Director