UNM School of Medicine Honored for Promoting Family Practice Residencies

The UNM School of Medicine is one of 27 medical schools honored by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for their success in promoting the specialty of family practice to medical students.

AAFP recognized schools for having a high three-year average of graduates entering family practice residency training programs. Over 23 percent of UNM graduates choose family practice for their residency and 35 percent practice in rural or underserved areas of the state.

The Family Practice Residency Program was started in 1973 in an effort to address the critical need for physicians in the state. The programs combine university and community-based training through educational experiences.

"UNM is committed to educating and motivating students to choose careers as family physicians," said Paul Roth, M.D., dean of the UNM SOM. "We have developed educational sites in underserved areas of the state to give residents a chance to practice in rural settings."

U.S. News & World Report ranked the UNM SOM's Family Medicine Program sixth among medical schools for training family practice physicians.

Contact: HSC Public Affairs, 272-3322

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