Student physicians have begun first-year classes at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. This year's class consists of 75 students who will graduate in the spring of 2006.

Of the incoming class, 46, (61.3 percent) are female and 29, (38.7 percent) are male and 73 of the 75 students are New Mexico resident. Two students are from Montana, a state that has no medical school.

There are 25 (33.3%) underrepresented physician minority (Hispanic, Mexican American, Native American, and Afro-American) students in the class. Five underrepresented students were in the post-baccalaureate program.

The Ethnicity background of the class is:
White 46
Hispanic/Mexican American 22
Native American 2
Afro-American 1
Other 4
The students will follow a path of study that combines aspects of the traditional medical curriculum with a student-centered, problem-based primary care curriculum. All entering medical students have small-group tutorials that focus around patients' illnesses and conditions. The students will start clinical experiences during their first year with the opportunity to follow the same patients over extended periods of time.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322