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Residency Life

Why New Mexico

The University of New Mexico Hospital houses the only Level I Trauma Center in the state. UNM also features primary and subspecialty adult and pediatric care, along with an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center. We have a unique tri-cultural patient population that provides a one-of-a-kind learning experience, and strongly emphasize care for underserved and minority populations. Within our program, the nearly 2:1 attending to resident ratio ensures exceptional clinical and surgical mentoring. We provide the majority of the endoscopic otology, cleft palate & lip repair, microtia reconstruction, head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery, and airway reconstruction services in our region.


The responsibility of being a new physician and the strain of work are offset by an open and supportive work environment and a strong sense of collegiality across all members of our division. Most importantly, living in New Mexico means that when not at work, residents are surrounded by a beautiful landscape with a vast array of activities available to them.

The 80-Hour Work Week:

The 80-hour work week, as set forth by ACGME, is respected and enforced in our program. We do not have in-house call. Residents are assured of at least one day off per week, and in practice, regularly have two to three full weekends off per month.

The Voice of Our Residents:

Our program is dynamic and reflects the values of our residents. Systems based meetings are held monthly and function as a forum for residents not only to express concerns, but to put forth creative ideas for expanding and improving our training experience.

Relationships with Attending Physicians:

Because of our small residency size, residents of all levels constantly interact directly with attendings. Communication is recognized as one of the most important tools for learning, and open communication between residents and attendings is emphasized and expected during training.

"Work hard, play hard"

Residents frequently meet outside the hospital to celebrate their free time together at local restaurants, sports events, and parks. Historically, we tend to attract residents who enjoy the outdoor activities that abound in this region such as rock climbing, skiing, hiking, cycling, kayaking, rafting, and fishing. New Mexico has 11 national parks and monuments in addition to many wilderness areas and close proximity to the Southern Rockies. Our temperate climate allows residents to enjoy the outdoors year-round. For those with more refined tastes, there are a variety of excellent restaurants, museums, and theaters in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. We also have access to all of the University of New Mexico sporting events, the Albuquerque Isotopes minor league baseball team, and the New Mexico United professional soccer team.