Advance your career. Apply to the comprehensive Ob/Gyn Residency Program at The University of New Mexico.
Welcome to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. As the only medical school and Ob/Gyn residency program in a large rural state, we are privileged to serve a diverse group of women with a wide range of significant pathology. Our graduates are prepared for anything, whether they are looking for careers in general obstetrics and gynecology or are continuing their education within any of the subspecialties.
Resident Clinical Duties
Two-month Ob/Gyn rotations are overseen by board-certified faculty, including subspecialists in:
- Family planning
- Gynecologic oncology
- Maternal-fetal medicine
- Reproductive endocrinology and infertility
Faculty are dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. Most training takes place at the university campus. We average 3,500 deliveries at the 500-bed University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and approximately 58,000 outpatient visits in our citywide clinics each year. Additional gynecologic training is obtained at nearby major medical centers, including UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital, Lovelace, and the VA Medical Center.
During the first four to six weeks of residency, interns will meet weekly for educational seminars that prepare them to be effective Ob/Gyn residents in the UNM system.
All residents attend a weekly protected teaching block on Friday afternoons. The carefully planned schedule includes a monthly morbidity and mortality conference and curriculums on:
- Cultural competency
- Quality and safety
- Research training
The curriculum is built to cover all Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology learning objectives every two years.
Each division hosts a regular Journal Club, covering seminal articles as well as the latest research.
Regular didactics and case conferences are held weekly on each service.
All residents participate in research during their residency. Some residents will partner with faculty in ongoing research while others will design and implement their own. In June of each year, the department hosts the Annual Women's Health Research Symposium. At this symposium, PGY2 residents will present an abstract and PGY3 residents will give an oral presentation. PGY4 residents may present their research at a regional or national conference. Financial support and educational leave can be provided for these opportunities.
In recent years, residents have presented at meetings of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics/Council on Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (APGO/CREOG), the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP).
Residents are also encouraged to publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal.
Notable Aspects of Our Program
Our residents find the following features of our program to be particularly appealing:
- One-month orientation rotation at the beginning of residency to familiarize new interns with the faculty and residents
- Extensive hands-on ultrasound training leading to eligibility for certification by the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM)
- UNM Hospital, the major referral center and only Level 1 Trauma Center in New Mexico for obstetrics, specialized gynecology and oncology
- Fellowship opportunities in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, maternal-fetal medicine, and reproductive health and family planning
- Two residents from the chief class elected as administrative chiefs to assist with scheduling and advocating for residents
- Monthly meetings with the program director for interns; all other classes have quarterly meetings to discuss any issues, concerns, or improvements within the department
- Annual resident retreat at a nearby resort
- Ethnically diverse patient population
- Protected educational time
- Integrated Certified Nurse Midwifery Program
Benefits & Eligibility
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