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About the MD Program

Contact Information

Physical Address

Fitz Hall 106
Mail Stop Code: MSC08 4710
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Fax: 505-272-1352

Hours of Operation 
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The School of Medicine has gained national and international recognition for its constantly evolving curricular innovations which have aimed at adapting adult learning theory to medical education. Educational emphasis has shifted from the learning of facts to teaching students the skills they need to be effective lifelong learners. Current educational initiatives are aimed at improving the integration of the basic sciences and clinical medicine, shifting teaching and learning through ambulatory and community settings, integrating problem-based learning throughout the curriculum and emphasizing computer literacy and information management skills.

The four-year curriculum, incorporates successful aspects of conventional (lecture-based) medical school curricula with innovative aspects of small group learning found in problem-based curricula. These aspects include problem-based and student-centered learning; early clinical skills learning coupled with sustained, community-based learning; the incorporation of a population and behavioral perspective into the clinical years; peer teaching; computer-assisted instruction; and biweekly seminars on professional responsibility. The new curriculum also addresses the historically unmet as well as changing health care needs of our population and changing learning needs of future physicians.