The University of New Mexico's Department of Neurosurgery residency program offers dynamic, rigorous and fulfilling training. Our main training site, is the state’s only Level 1 trauma center, and because the Department leads a modern, 24-bed neuro-intensive care unit; our residents receive significant training in trauma and critical care. Beginning in July 2013, the program began an approved enfolded fellowship in critical care for PGY-2 residents that will enhance their training upon graduation in a field with a shortage of trained doctors.
The Department is also the main referral provider for complex brain, stroke and spine diseases and injuries in New Mexico. Resident will work either at the main site UNM Hospital or at our community hospital Sandoval Regional Medical Center.
Our ACGME-accredited program emphasizes both clinical skills and important research skills sub-specialty concentration, with an emphasis in critical care, cerebrovascular or spine. All residents are required to work with clinical and research faculty on at least one major basic and/or translational research project that is presented and judged at the annual Neurosciences Research Day. The department also provides research nurses and staff to assist residents with their IRB submissions, grant submissions and applicable maintenance of required paperwork. The residency program also requires residents to have one quality and/or patient safety project per year. Having adopted the Next Accreditation System instituted by the ACGME, our program sees itself as a leader in meeting these new requirements and anticipates successful measurement of resident training progress.
Many of our graduates continue on to prestigious fellowships or practice in the private sector. Some return as valued faculty and teachers to our current residents. Our chair, Dr. Howard Yonas, takes the responsibility for training future neurosurgeons very seriously and expects his residents to be challenged and busy. In return, residents receive a well-rounded training experience.
Our program has an additional benefit – its location. Albuquerque has a mild, dry climate, with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Nearby mountains offer hiking, rock-climbing and camping opportunities, while the Navajo and Apache reservations and 19 pueblos provide abundant cultural diversity. The city is also affordable, and a great place to raise a family. Cities like Santa Fe, Phoenix, and Denver are easily accessible. This makes Albuquerque a place you will never forget – and might just want to stay.