The School of Medicine at University of New Mexico

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Selection is based on academic achievement, motivation for medicine, problem-solving ability, self-appraisal, ability to relate to people, maturity, breadth of interests and achievement, professional goals, and likelihood of serving the health care needs of the State following postgraduate training. As a state-funded institution we primarily accept students from the State of New Mexico.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Marlene Ballejos, PhD
Application fee $75
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
November 15 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification March 15 (Begins)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered Yes
Early decision application period June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date October 1
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) July

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.59
Oldest MCAT considered 2008
Average MCAT scores 8.9 MCAT composite score
9.5 biological
8.3 physical sciences
8.9 verbal reasoning
O writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology physics
organic chemistry biochemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry general chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.P.H.
Combined college/M.D. program offered Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program 8
Combined college/M.D. program URL http:/​/​hsc.​unm.​edu/​som/​combinedbamd/​

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Very frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 2.3:1 – Medium
Full-time faculty 798
Part-time faculty 190
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 52
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 13
Full-time faculty in clinical program 746
Part-time faculty in clinical program 177

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $60.2
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 256
Principal investigators (PIs) 131
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 199

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
University of New Mexico Hospital
VA New Mexico Health Care System

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
UNM includes PBL, TBL & community-based learning. Phase I includes PBL, TBL, lectures, labs, & clinical experiences. Phase II has experiences in FM, IM, Neuro, Ob-Gyn, Peds, Psychiatry, & Surgery. Phase III: One month is spent in a community site, a one-month ICU rotation, one-month sub-internship, one-month interdisciplinary ambulatory care rotation, and various electives chosen by the student.

Medical School Ranking

#83 Best Research
#31 Best Primary Care

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#5 in Family medicine
#2 in Rural medicine

Research Ranking Scores

Score 33
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.7
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 2.9
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $60.2
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $75.45

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 67
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.6
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.3
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 41.3% – Medium

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.59
MCAT composite score 8.9
Acceptance rate 13.6% – High
Full-time faculty-student ratio 2.3:1 – Medium
Total medical school enrollment 341

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 341
In-state students 99.7%
Minority students 43.4%
Underrepresented minority students 36.7%
International students 0.0%
Non-traditional students 34.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Janell Valdez
Financial aid phone (505) 272-8008

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $16,170 (in-state)
Full-time: $46,347 (out-of-state)
Required fees $3,124
Room and board $11,228
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $118,674

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 92%
Students receiving loans 90%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 69%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
emergency medicine orthopaedic surgery
family practice pediatrics
internal medicine psychiatry
obstetrics and gynecology surgery – general

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 41.3% – Medium
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 32.7%