Introduction and Overview

Residency Program

Program Director
Tony Yen, MD

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Residents Sitting Around Conference Table During Lecture

Residents During Conference

Residents Gathered Outside Of OR

The Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine offers a four-year anesthesiology training program which includes a transitional year internship and three years of clinical anesthesiology. UNM Hospital is a 580-bed facility that serves as the state’s only Level I Trauma Center.

The anesthesiology residency program has a rich history dating back to 1988 and have produced a steady stream of excellent graduates that practice across the nation in both private and academic environments. Graduates of the program will be fully prepared to enter a variety of careers including general anesthesiology practice, further fellowship training in a subspecialty, and academic medicine. The Department also runs a basic science laboratory designed to encourage and nurture residents interested in combining basic science and clinical research. In addition, the program runs an ASA-accredited MOCA simulation center that trains residents in real world crisis management skills. Our commitment to providing a great learning environment for resident education earned us the maximum 5-year credentialing period in our last ACGME accreditation visit.

Currently, the program offers 8 house staff spots per clinical anesthesia year. The Department also employs 33 Midlevel Providers, and 58 faculty members that trained at some of the finest institutions in this country and abroad. The Department is fully represented in all subspecialties of anesthesiology. Residents train at several sites: University Hospital, UNM Children’s Hospital, Outpatient Surgery and Imaging Services, Sandoval Regional Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The University sits in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. The Metropolitan area has a population of over 900,000, and boasts a diverse cultural mix of Hispanic, Native American, and Asian populations. Each fall, the city also hosts the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, an event that holds the distinction of being the most photographed event in the world with thousands of tourists flocking to see the Mass Ascension of more than two hundred hot air balloons.

Albuquerque also plays host to several premier engineering labs, including Sandia National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Intel Corporation, and near-by Los Alamos National Laboratory. The southern part of the city is home to Kirtland Air Force Base. In 2014, Forbes magazine rated the city seventh among America’s Engineering Capitals, and in 2009, US News and World Reports rated Albuquerque among the Top 10 Best Cities to Live.

Come visit us here in the beautiful American Southwest and discover for yourself what our residents are smiling about!