University of New Mexico School of Medicine


In 1961 the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico was established, and by 1966, it had become a 4-year program. The school is located on the north campus of the university and provides an opportunity for both professional and graduate education.


4-year modern. The current curriculum incorporates problem-based and student-centered learning, early mastery of clinical skills, peer teaching, and computerassisted instruction. Phase I: In the first year and a half, the curriculum is organized around organ systems, each incorporating 3 perspectives – biologic, behavioral, and population. Hands-on medical skills are gained through weekly clinical skills and laboratory sessions. Students can utilize learning resources appropriate for individual needs, and participate in a 9-week, in-depth experience in a professional setting, in either a rural or urban community. They also work on a research or creative project. Phase II: In the next year and a half, students will continue problem-based tutorial learning in both inpatient and ambulatory settings and reinforcement of basic and clinical science integration of basic science learning resources. Time will be spent with patients with and without prior diagnoses and on various inpatient services (pediatrics, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, neuropsychiatry, and obstetrics) in small group tutorials. Phase III: The fourth year will feature more hospital-based clinical experiences with progressive responsibility for patient care. Students will also be able to select clinical experiences that will assist them in making future specialty decisions. One month will be spent in a community preceptorship.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The school has active minority admissions program that encourages applications from Hispanic, NativeAmerican, andAfrican-American residents of New Mexico. Other degree programs: A combined MD-PhD program is available.


The basic premedical science courses plus biochemistry are required. Recommended courses include anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. Residents of New Mexico are given primary consideration for admission. Secondary consideration is given to residents of Montana and Wyoming. While New Mexico residents will be automatically sent supplementary materials, those who are WICHE or former state residents must apply under the school’s early decision program. Selection is based on scholastic achievement, MCAT performance, recommendations from the student’s preprofessional advisory committee, as well as a personal interview. Transfer and advanced standing: Transfer is occasionally possible. with the school. Other: Research facilities are located adjacent to the Basic Medical Science Building. The Cancer Research and Treatment Center, UNM Psychiatry Center, UNM Children’s Psychiatric Center, Family Practice Center, and a variety of other institutions are affiliated with the school. Library: Students have use of the Health Sciences Library and Information Center, as well as University Library. Housing: None is available on campus.


The school uses grades of Outstanding, Good, Satisfactory, Marginal, and Unsatisfactory. Step 1 of the USMLE must be passed for promotion into Phase II, Step 2Amust be passed for promotion to Phase III, and Step 2B must be passed for graduation. Teaching: First- and second-year courses are taught in the Basic Medical Science Building. Clinical teaching takes place at University of New Mexico Hospital (384 beds) located on campus, and the New Mexico Veterans

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