Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

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1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: 505-272-2231 (clinic hotline) 505-272-4107 (academic office)
Fax: 505-272-8098

UNM Orthopaedic Residency Program

The UNM Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is a five-year training program fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. It accepts five residents annually through the National Resident Matching Program. Learn more about our 2017-22 selectees.

Our program graduates now practice orthopaedic surgery throughout the world, in both private practice and academic settings. More than 75% pursue further training in various fellowships. And, in the past 20 years, 94% of our residents have passed both Parts I and II of their Boards on first attempt.


Major Teaching Hospital

The major teaching hospital for the program is the University of New Mexico Hospital, which includes a full-compliment of children's services with treatment areas at the Main hospital and nearby at Carrie Tingley Children's Outpatient Hospital. The nearby Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and Sandoval Regional Medical Center (SRMC) provide additional sites for resident rotations. These affiliated hospitals provide a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal problems and pathology related to all ages.

Post Graduate Curricula

Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY 1) consists of 6 months of orthopaedics plus rotations through Anesthesiology, ER, Radiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Plastics, Vascular and General Surgery Trauma. The remaining four years of training (PGY 2 through PGY 5) focus on both adult and pediatric orthopaedic surgery.

Teaching & Research

Orthopaedic surgery residents also share in the responsibility of teaching medical students as well as students enrolled in other allied health professional programs. Research is another important component of the residency program. Each resident must complete and present two projects of publishable quality, one of which must be in pediatric orthopaedics. Ample time is provided throughout the program for project completion, including a


Added benefits are extended to residents from both the hospital and department, including: state-of-the-art call room facilities, on-call meal passes, lab coats, and laundry services, plus time off for vacations and conferences. 

Responsibilities & Goals

The program allows for graduated levels of responsibility in terms of patient care and program administration. Call responsibilities are present throughout the training period. Junior residents take call in-house at the University Hospital except during the pediatric rotations where call is from home. VAMC and senior resident call are also from home. The residency program strictly adheres to the 80-hour work week guidelines, and all residents will be expected to comply with this mandate.

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Program goals and objectives apply to both residents and teaching faculty. Residents are evaluated after each rotation through a “360-degree evaluation” process which allows for feedback from caregivers across the patient care spectrum as well as staff and faculty. Residents meet with the Residency Program Director semiannually to discuss progress and define individual goals and objectives. Participation in the annual Orthopaedic In-Training Exam (OITE) is also required.

Support & Funding

The program also provides financial support for attending educational conferences or to present research. Funding for annual purchasing of orthopaedic textbooks is provided, too. Additionally, our orthopaedic library contains a large selection of historic and contemporary texts and journals plus current copies of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons study materials. The University of New Mexico School of Medicine Library also offers an extensive collection of orthopaedic material and allows access to PubMed®, MDConsult, and other portals from any computer.