A letter from the Chief Resident

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of New Mexico. Thank you for your interest in our program. Let me take a moment to give you a glimpse of what it’s like to be a part of our Anesthesia family here at UNM, along with some insight into what living in the “Land of Enchantment” is all about.

The training at UNM offers a broad clinical experience, strong didactic program, and a great balance between work and lifestyle. Being the only level 1 trauma center and tertiary referral center in the state, the University of New Mexico provides a wide array of high acuity clinical cases. The majority of our patient population is from underserved communities throughout New Mexico who often present with multiple, complex comorbidities. Ultimately, the training provided at the University of New Mexico gives our residents the confidence to independently manage even the most difficult of cases. In addition to our exceptional clinical training, we as residents consistently pass both our written and oral boards. This can be attributed to the fact that we have a fantastic group of highly knowledgeable faculty who are dedicated to teaching their craft. I think all of my fellow residents would agree that one of the best parts of the program is our relationship amongst each other and our staff. I truly feel that we are one big family. You will not find a more collegial working environment or group of residents with a higher morale than ours. Another aspect of our program that helps with morale, is that it offers a great balance between work and time outside of the operating room. Not only do we have plenty of time to study, but we are also able to explore the beauty of New Mexico.

Known as the “Land of Enchantment”, New Mexico has much to offer including endless scenic landscapes, rich history/culture and unique authentic food. With over 300 days of sunshine, there is ample opportunity to explore. If you are looking for an affordable, family-friendly city with great food, excellent weather, and a ton of outdoor activities, then Albuquerque is the place for you. Whether you are interested in a night out on the town in the Nob-Hill area, a day with your family at the Albuquerque Biopark, a winter weekend getaway in the Taos Ski Valley or a day hike in the beautiful Sandia mountains, there is fun to be had for everyone. New Mexico is rich in Native American and Hispanic traditions, which are displayed in the distinctive architecture, cultural centers, and art galleries. Best of all, you can enjoy our red and green chile atop the most delicious New Mexican food on a daily basis. These are only a few of the reasons why New Mexico is such a great place to live.

Thank you again for expressing interest in our residency program. I invite you to come see firsthand what our program has to offer. Please feel free to contact me with any and all questions.

Matt Valeriano, MD
Chief Resident
mvaleriano@salud.unm.edu