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Learn how to apply and meet admission requirements for the Neurosurgery Residency Program at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Neurosurgery Residency

Expect challenging, well-rounded training in the residency program at The University of New Mexico Department of Neurosurgery. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the seven-year position emphasizes both clinical and research skills.

Clinical Neurosurgical Experience

You will receive excellent training on complex conditions at The University of New Mexico Hospital, the state’s only Level I Trauma Center and the main tertiary referral center for New Mexico, west Texas, southern Colorado and eastern Arizona. Residents easily surpass ACGME’s case log requirements and have unrestricted access to the hospital’s neurosciences intensive care unit. Gain operating room experience starting in postgraduate year one (PGY1).

You also will work at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, focusing on spine surgery. Participate in minimally invasive surgeries at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, a 72-bed teaching and research facility in Rio Rancho.


Subspecialty areas include:

  • Benign and malignant brain tumors
  • Neurovascular surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Spine surgery (including instrumentation) 
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Trauma

Research in Neurosurgery

Work with clinical and research faculty on at least one major basic or translational research project to present for judging at the annual Neurosciences Research Day. Research nurses and staff help with your Institutional Review Board submissions, grant submissions and paperwork. You must also complete one quality or patient safety project each year. 

Enjoy protected time on Fridays for research, didactics and lab-based training.

Support & Expertise

Highly experienced, diversified faculty round with all residents daily. You will train under the department’s neurocritical care team members. They support an enfolded PGY2 critical care fellowship accredited by the Society of Neurological Surgeons.

Rely on an experienced coordinator and administrative support team for help meeting all ACGME requirements.

Residency Rotations


  • Neurosurgery and intensive care unit (10 rotations)
  • Elective service (three rotations)


  • Junior neurosurgery and ICU, including operating room, clinics and floor (10 months)
  • Junior endovascular procedures (one month)
  • Neuroradiology (one month)


  • Research/fellowship (three months)
  • Neurosurgery (seven months)
  • Peripheral nerve rotation (one month)
  • Gamma Knife at Lovelace Hospitals (equivalent to one month)


  • Chief(s) (12 months)
  • Backup chief(s) (12 months)
  • Endoscopic spine integrated rotation (one day per week at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center)

Residency Benefits

Explore the comprehensive benefits of a residency position at The University of New Mexico. Discover the rewards of life in Albuquerque, a culturally diverse city with an affordable cost of living and a beautiful setting.

Foundation for Success

Join an elite group of graduates who continue on to prestigious fellowships or practice in the private sector. Or return as a valued faculty member and teacher to our current residents.