Family Medicine Residency Program Curriculum

The first year of the UNM Family Medicine Residency Program is very structured and hospital based. The resident follows a set course of clinical rotations in 13 four-week blocks (some of which are broken up into 2 week rotations). The rotations include:

  • Family Medicine Inpatient Service – 4 weeks x 3 blocks
  • Ambulatory Psychiatry – 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine – 6 weeks
  • Radiology – 2 weeks
  • Population Health and Scholarship (includes the Intern Retreat and Legislative Day) - 4 weeks
  • General Surgery Wards – 4 weeks
  • MICU – 4 weeks
  • Dermatology – 2 weeks
  • Newborn Nursery – 2 weeks
  • OB Labor and Delivery – 4 weeks
  • Family Medicine Maternal Child Health – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Inpatient Service – 4 weeks

Residents who are with the Northern New Mexico (Santa Fe) 1+2 residency program have slightly different schedules. These schedules are developed with the approval of the Santa Fe Program Director.

Second and third year rotations allow flexibility in scheduling to meet the program requirements as well as individual resident interests and career needs. Residents consult with their faculty advisor and the program directors when selecting rotations.

Elective Rotations

Electives are individually planned and tailored rotations that meet individual needs and career plans. Electives may include any area offered by the university system, or as arranged with other programs. A list of currently available electives is available from the Residency Office. Residents may design an elective to suit their particular needs. The faculty are available to help facilitate the development of any particular project.


Population & Community Health

The program’s population & community health curriculum supports residents in developing practical skills as socially responsive family physicians. Residents learn to promote both individual and community health, assess the resources available in a community, facilitate access to these resources for individuals in their practice and participate in advocacy at various levels.

The Population & Community Health curriculum is integrated with the Scholarly Project requirement. The curriculum includes 2 block rotations and a longitudinal component spanning all three years of training. Beginning in the middle of the first year, residents are introduced to core population and public health content with an emphasis on local data and health indicators. These concepts are linked to the exploration of their clinic communities and the impact of the social, physical and economic environment on the health of their individual patients. During this initial block, residents develop scholarly projects in collaboration with clinical and Public Health Program faculty who also serve as mentors for the entire project. All projects are expected to have a population focus and may utilize a community or clinic setting. There are multiple opportunities to partner with ongoing projects within the department.