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UNM School of Medicine Rural and Urban Underserved Program

Contact Information

Physical Address

Mail Stop Code: MSC09 5040
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Contact Numbers
(505) 272-0147

Crystal Krabbenhoft -
Rob Williams, MD -

Our beautiful state has many communities that need doctors. When applying to the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine many students spoke of an interest in future medical practice in an area of the state – rural or urban – that is medically underserved. Beginning in 2015, the University began an innovative program that offered a unique opportunity for these students, the Rural and Urban Underserved Program (R.U.U.P.). Students can apply for this program designed to support, mentor, and prepare interested medical students to fulfill their goal of effectively providing healthcare to underserved groups in New Mexico. We invite you to consider participating; applications will be available in late spring.

Why You Should Join This Program?

  • Fun, interesting, rewarding
  • Tailored opportunities to build skills
  • Selected experiences to learn about work and life in underserved communities
  • Does not replace common curriculum
  • Does not add requirements

Benefits of Participation

  • Placement with students who share your interest, in key portions of the curriculum
  • Selected clinical training placements in underserved communities with high quality attending physicians
  • Seminar series on topics related to health care and living in underserved communities
  • Opportunities to be part of scholarly work focused on health problems of the underserved
  • Visits to fun and interesting community events in underserved communities around the state
  • Advisement and mentorship with faculty that have experience practicing in underserved communities
  • Working together on needed health projects in underserved communities with faculty and residents sharing your interest

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