Skip to main content

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Our Fellowship's Goals are to:
• Train specialists to directly meet community needs
• Educate other medical providers in effective elder care

Geriatric Psychiatry is one of the most under-resourced subspecialties in New Mexico.  At the same time, the state's over-65 population will soon exceed the national average.  What does this mean to you?  There are many wonderful learning and professional opportunities here.

In everything we do, we strive to:
• maximize quality of life
• maintain independence and function
• provide culturally-sensitive healthcare to our elderly patients in New Mexico and Southwest region.

UNM Health Sciences Center
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is the only academic medical center for the state. Its hospital system serves as the Level 1 trauma center for New Mexico and a tertiary referral center for the greater Southwest Region. The HSC serves as a diverse ethnic and socioeconomic population including members of 19 Native American pueblos, two Apache nations and the Navajo Nation. The Hispanic population in New Mexico is among the highest in the country.

New Mexico
New Mexico has a long rich history and a strong rural base. It is also home to Sandia National Labs and Los Alamos National Labs. Our Department’s Center for Psychiatric Research collaborates on projects with the MIND Research Network which, in turn, partners with Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Colorado-Boulder to study mental illness and brain disease suing cutting-edge technology. 

New Mexico is known as “the Land of Enchantment” for a reason. It’s an ideal place to learn, live and raise a family. A high desert state at the tail end of the Rocky Mountains, New Mexico has more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Our cost of living is 5 percent lower than the national average. For more information:


Santa Fe 

How to Apply

1. Contact us so we are aware of your interest. Notify the training coordinator and submit your CV and leave your contact information.

Training Coordinator:
Gabrielle Trujillo (

2. Fill out an application [PDF].

Mail to us at:
Mohamad Khafaja, MD
C/O Gabrielle Trujillo
Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program
MSC09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

You can expect a confirmation within a few days.

3. Review Resident Selection Policy, and begin the process of submitting the requested materials.

4. Once we have received your application materials, we will make the decision about scheduling an interview and will contact you.

A completed application packet contains the following:

  •       Application
  •       Updated Curriculum Vitae
  •       Medical School Transcripts
  •       USMLE/COMPLEX Scores Steps 1, 2, & 3
  •       3 Letters of Recommendation (one from current Training Director)
  •       ECFMG Certificate (when Applicable)
  •       Certificate of Training Form

ACGME also asks that U.S. programs notify applicants of the length of the program. Addiction Psychiatry programs require 12 months of training. The University of New Mexico School of Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.