Five physicians have been selected to participate in the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program for its 2015-20 post-graduate year term: Paul Goodwyn, State University of New York – Upstate Medical University; Travis Hughes, University of Arizona; Aditi Majumdar, University of New Mexico; Andrew Parsons, University of Oklahoma; and Christopher Shultz, University of Arizona.

The selections were recently announced through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) following UNM’s receipt of more than 500 applications from potential residents. “The number of outstanding applicants from all over the country continues to increase ever year,” said Residency Program Director Gehron Treme, MD, who oversaw applicant interviews held earlier this year with 65 finalists.

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®, a nonprofit organization and global provider of matching services for healthcare professionals. The NRMP uses a mathematical algorithm that pairs the rank-ordered preferences of applicants and program directors to produce a “best fit” for filling available training positions. “Our program graduates now practice orthopaedic surgery throughout the world in both private practice and academic settings,” says Treme, noting that more than 85 percent of program residents go on to pursue fellowship training in orthopaedic surgery specialty areas.

While UNM’s resident applicants are admittedly attracted to Albuquerque’s temperate weather and dramatic landscapes, Treme maintains it is the wealth of clinical experience they gain at UNM Hospitals plus onsite research opportunities that contribute greatly to their future career success. “In the past five years, 96 percent of our residents passed both parts of the required American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery certification exams after their first try,” Treme points out.