Five physicians have been selected to participate in the UNM School of Medicine’s Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program for its 2014-19 post-graduate year term: Christopher Bankhead, Louisiana State University; James Dollahite, University of Southern California; Patrick Gilligan, University of New Mexico; Paul Johnson, University of Pittsburgh; and Jay Wojcik, University of Colorado.

The selections were recently announced through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) following UNM’s receipt of more than 500 applications from potential students. “This is the highest level of academically qualified resident applicants we’ve ever seen,” says Residency Program Director Gehron Treme, M.D., who oversaw applicant interviews held earlier this year with 58 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 NRMP, a nonprofit organization and global provider of matching services for healthcare professionals. “Our program graduates now practice orthopaedic surgery throughout the world in both private practice and academic settings,” says Treme, who notes that more than 75 percent of program residents go on to pursue fellowship training in orthopaedic surgery specialty areas.

While UNM’s resident applicants are understandably attracted to Albuquerque’s moderate climate and impressive landscape, Treme stresses that it is the vast clinical experience they gain at UNM Hospitals coupled with onsite research opportunities that contribute to much of their future career success. “In the past 20 years, 94 percent of our residents passed both parts of their required American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery certification exams upon first attempt,” he points out.