Information for Applicants

We endeavor to support learning and to cultivate knowledgeable, confident, empathetic family physicians. Resident education is our top priority, and our program is relevant to both resident and the community who they serve, with residents contributing to ongoing program innovation.

Preparing you for your eventual career in Family Medicine is our goal - whether it is primary care or subspecialty training, our mission is to provide you with outstanding instruction to assist you in becoming a leader in Family Medicine.  This mission is realized through a diverse curriculum delivered in the clinic, in the hospital, in rural and urban New Mexico, and in conference and seminars. Each experience is designed to assist in the development of a well-rounded, self-motivated, confident and extremely competent Family Physician. We endeavor to create individualized schedules that provide sufficient structure, with enough flexibility to facilitate participation in your areas of interest, from community-based and under-served medicine, to scholarship, to international experiences, to public health advocacy.

Application Information

Family Medicine Residency Brochure

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How To Apply

Applications are only accepted through ERASApplication deadline is November 1st. Interview spots fill quickly, we encourage applying as early as possible. Interviews will be offered on most Tuesdays and Fridays from October to January.

For All Applicants

  • Only ERAS applications are accepted and you must sign up for NRMP.
  • Passing scores on the USMLE or COMPLEX (we have no minimum score requirement or restrictions on attempts, but first attempt is preferred).
  • Graduation from medical school within past three (3) years.
  • Physicians who are not US citizens must have a valid work permit or be eligible for a J-1 visa (H-1 visas are not sponsored).

Information for International Applicants

  • We accept applications from international medical graduates, however the following requirements for consideration apply:
    • Two years of hands on clinical experience, hospital-based, comparable to the U.S. medical school curriculum, (either during medical school or afterwards); We do not consider observerships or research.
    • Medical school must appear on the approved list of schools as set by the Medical Board of California (list of approved medical schools can be found here).

Interview Day Sample Schedule

  • 8:00-8:15 Light Breakfast / Arrival
  • 8:15-9:15 Program Overview with Dr. Dan Waldman (Room 302)
  • 9:15-10:10 Interview #1 with resident or faculty
  • 10:15-10:55 Interview #2 with resident or faculty
  • 11:00-11:45 Walking tour for all applicants – resident led
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch with faculty and residents (Room 302)
  • 1:00-3:00pm Driving tour through Albuquerque, clinic visits
  • 3:00-6:30pm Free time
  • 6:30-8:30pm Dinner with residents, significant others welcome


We are fortunate to attract a diverse group of residents to our program. Training a diverse physician workforce not only helps make our residency stronger, but also ultimately helps the communities we provide care for.


Here is a list of hotels and places for dinner/drinks. Some of these hotels offer UNM discounts and a few offer shuttles to/from airport and UNM. Please call them and ask them for the UNM discount rate because you are going to be interviewing with the Family Medicine Residency Program. 

For questions regarding the application process or requirements please contact:

UNM FM Residency Administration
MSC09 5040
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(P) 505-272-6607
(F) 505-272-1348

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Continuity Clinic Sites

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North Valley Center for Family & Community Health (NV Clinic)

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Continuity Clinic Sites

UNM North Valley Center for Family & Community Health (NV Clinic)

3401 4th Street NW - MAP
From University Hospital approximately 3.5 miles. The North Valley Clinic is a ten minute drive.

Clinic Director: Valerie Carrejo, M.D.

The North Valley Clinic is the newest (and largest) clinic in the UNM system featuring 22 exam rooms, a radiology suite, pharmacy, laboratory and large community meeting room. The center plans to provide health education classes, behavioral health counseling and aid for patients who need home care, hospice, transportation and financial aid counseling.

Residents practicing at the Family Medicine Center are precepted by attendings in their continuity clinic which allows residents to learn from a variety of resources during their training. Opportunities exist for doing minor office procedures.

UNM Family Medicine - Southeast Heights Clinic

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Continuity Clinic Sites

UNM Family Medicine - Southeast Heights Clinic

8200 Central SE - MAP
From University Hospital approximately 7 miles/10 - 15 minute drive

Clinic Director: John Bettler, M.D.

UNM Family Medicine SE Heights Clinic PhotoThe Southeast Heights Center for Family and Community Health is located in a multicultural, multi-ethnic, low-income area of the Southeast Heights part of Albuquerque.  The family health clinic is part of a “Health Care Commons,” which serves the community and includes the Young Children’s Health Center, the Maternity and Infants Program, as well as a multi-use center which houses WIC, Public Health and other services.

Five faculty Family Physicians, three Physician Assistants, three Nurse Practitioners, a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychiatrist work with our residents and staff to provide care to our varied patient population.  Our population is largely immigrant; the majority are from Vietnam, Cuba and Mexico. Fluency in Spanish or Vietnamese is useful.

The entire office is involved in a number of community projects. We have an ongoing smoking cessation project for Vietnamese men, a group diabetes visit for Spanish speakers and a walking group on Saturday mornings.

Residents with a strong interest in obstetrics and group practice are encouraged to consider this continuity site.

PHS Indian Hospital

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Continuity Clinic Sites

PHS Indian Hospital

801 Vassar Drive NE - MAP
From University Hospital approximately .3 miles/5 minute walk

Albuquerque Indian HospitalThe PHS Indian Health Center is immediately east of UNM Hospital on the grounds of the historic tuberculosis sanitarium, the first healthcare facility in the area. In 1981, a new ambulatory care addition with 20 exam rooms was built. In 2003, the 32,609 user population made about 90,138 visits to the outpatient clinics of the primary care providers. Native Americans belonging to over 400 distinct tribes visit our facility with a majority of visits coming from local Pueblo Indians and members of the Navajo Tribe. Most of the clinicians are family physicians, some are boarded in internal medicine or pediatrics. All have lived and worked on regional reservations. Two nurse practitioners and an occasional NP or PA student work concurrently. A radiologist is available during regular appointment times, an on-site pharmacy is helpful to both patients and providers and specialty clinics are frequently held in the facility. Residents can schedule time to participate in the diabetes education program and colposcopy clinics. The Behavioral Health Department is staffed with psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and social workers. Optometry clinic is staffed with two optometrists and a student. The laboratory is available on site. Procedures available include colposcopy, LEEP, endometrial biopsy, and IUD insertion.Residents interested in working with Native American populations in urban, reservation or tribal sites will be especially interested in this clinic. The population is skewed toward the younger ages. The majority of patients are female so there are many opportunities to develop a practice strongly oriented to women’s health and OB within a full spectrum practice.

First Choice Family Health - South Valley Clinic

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Continuity Clinic Sites

First Choice Family Health - South Valley Clinic

2100 North Centro Familiar SW - MAP
From University Hospital approximately 6.25 miles/15 minute drive

Education Director:  Sai Cheruvu, M.D. 

First Choice SV ClinicThe First Choice Community Healthcare clinics were first funded through a PHS grant in 1972 and have grown into a network of eight medical clinics from Edgewood to Belen. These Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) offer primary care to all patients, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, or immigration status. There is a sliding fee scale for services.

The South Valley Clinic is located in a beautiful new county building, which also houses a dental clinic, Public Health offices and the WIC program. The site is adjacent to Ernie Pyle Junior High School, South Valley Head Start and South Valley Senior Center. We have 23 exam rooms and 2 procedure rooms in addition to the dental clinic and community meeting space.

All the staff is bilingual and we recommend that our residents also speak Spanish, since about one half of our patient encounters are with Spanish speakers. By August we will have five Family Physicians on staff who provide comprehensive care for our diverse population. We are joined by a cardiologist two days per week who shares his wonderful physical diagnosis skills and provides consultation for our more challenging patients. We also have 2 pediatricians in our clinic, as well as a substance abuse counselor. We have 4-8 providers in clinic at any time, and we see about 1600 patients per month.

The South Valley Clinic is an excellent site to practice obstetrics and pediatrics; we see a very large population of women and children and have a steady obstetrics practice. We also perform colposcopies and minor office procedures. The clinic is piloting a new diabetes initiative in collaboration with the UNM Telehealth Program.

The South Valley Health Commons, of which the Family Health Clinic is an integral component, is planned as a model for integrating clinical medicine and public health. Students/residents from multiple disciplines will be encouraged to work together with community groups in the ongoing efforts to build a healthy South Valley community.

Family Medicine Residency Program

Resident Basics

You are about to enter an exciting world, where the responsibility of being a newly trained physician and the stress of extended work hours are counterbalanced by an approachable and supportive network of individuals who are committed to collegiality, diversity and who are in support of individual and family well-being.

The program supports resident wellness with dedicated time to addressing topics of wellness and stress amongst residents and with behavioral science and program leadership. There is also an out of town weekend retreat for PGY1 residents and their families in addition to “switch parties” for the interns at the end of every rotation. Wednesday Wellness is a time set aside for each class to participate in a group activity such as off-campus fieldtrip to the Gravity Park trampoline site, hike, bowling outing, etc. Book club and pot luck gatherings happen throughout the year. Residents also lead their own activities- these have included Airbnb camping trips, ski trips, even international travel as a cohort. There are many opportunities for get-togethers and family outings within the department that build a sense of resident community in addition to creating more relaxed moments of respite with colleagues.

All residents at UNM are offered the same benefits. Please click here for a summary with the highlights.


We are fortunate to attract a wide assortment of residents to our program who come from all over the world. Each brings with them, a cornucopia of significant life experiences, diverse cultural ideals and aspirations. We look forward to learning from each and every resident, different perspectives and approaches to patient care and life, in general!

Health Professionals Shortage Area

New Mexico is an unique state in which to train and work as a Family Physician. A border state, New Mexico is geographically large with limited public transportation; multi-lingual and multi-ethnic populations (over half the population is ethnic minority); with a high rate of impoverished families and an extremely low ratio of healthcare providers to population (31 of the state's 33 counties are all or partially designated as Health Professions Shortage Areas); and with 25% of the population under age 65 medically uninsured, the state lingers near the bottom nationally in most health indicators. Many of the major health problems in the New Mexico have social, economic and political root causes.  The problems were identified in a NM State Department Health Publication - The State of Health in New Mexico 2011 and include late prenatal care, risky behaviors among teems, smoking alcoholism, suicide, substance abuse, obesity, violence, mental disorders and health disparities. New Mexico offers a challenging and exiting environment in which to learn medicine and offer patient care. We hope you are up to the challenge and will join our team!

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New Mexican Skies

Why Albuquerque?

Welcome to the Land of Enchantment! The city of Albuquerque is all about balance. Its residents take strive to be a force for modern day change while still preserving Albuquerque rich history.

With an average of 310 days of sunshine a year and low humidity, the residents of the city can participate in nearly any outdoor activity imaginable. The city in near several hiking trails for all fitness levels. Men’s Fitness Magazine named Albuquerque No. 3 of America’s Top 25 Fittest Cities. As we like to say, “You’re only bored here if you want to be”.

In addition to one of America’s Fittest Cities, Albuquerque also made Travel & Leisure’s Editor List of Favorite Trips of 2012 and has made several lists of best places to travel on a budge. The city has also made various lists of greenest cities and cities with the cleanest air.

Albuquerque is the Hot Air Ballooning Capitol and home the International Balloon Fiesta, the largest hot air balloon festival in the world and the current record holder for most balloons launched in an hour. The festival is held every October with visitors from all over the world.

Old Town Plaza is one of the oldest and most haunted spots in the United States. Its original Pueblo-Spanish architecture is still preserved. A real must-see when visiting the city, it’s a great place to walk around, shop and grab some traditional Mexican food.

Albuquerque is considered an epicenter for research and development. Sandia National Labs is located on the Kirkland Air Force base on the outskirts of the city. Los Alamos National Labs, the second of only three research labs in the state is located just to the north of the city. Intel is also based in Albuquerque with their facilities just to the northwest.

For more information about Albuquerque and New Mexico, please visit the links below: