University of New Mexico School of Medicine

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The Department of Pathology [] is committed in equal measure to education, patient care, and scholarly investigation, in order to prepare physicians for diverse career opportunities. We offer a four-year program of combined training in anatomic and clinical pathology. Anatomic pathology training includes extensive exposure to general surgical pathology, cytology, autopsy, and forensic pathology, and immunohistology. Clinical pathology training is supported by TriCore Reference Laboratories (TriCore), which is a large regional laboratory serving the UNM Health System, the Presbyterian Healthcare System, community hospitals, and clients throughout the state and surrounding areas. Excellent training is offered for the resident, under the supervision of the faculty, in all aspects of pathology with a focus on patient care and the consulting role of the pathologist to both primary care and specialty clinicians. The Department is on the cutting edge in many areas of scientific investigation; support is provided for those residents who wish to pursue research studies. Advanced fellowship subspecialty training is offered in multiple fields. Please visit our website at: [].

The current house staff includes 16 residents, as well as fellows in hematopathology (4), forensic pathology (4), molecular genetic pathology (2), transfusion medicine (1), surgical pathology (1), cytopathology (1), and 2 postsophomore fellows. Four first year residency positions are available each year. FACILITIES The University of New Mexico Hospital and the New Mexico Veteran’s Administration Medical Center are the primary teaching hospitals used by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Additional rotations at Presbyterian Hospital and at the Office of the Medical Investigator provide the resident with a total of 70,000 surgical pathology specimens; 70,000 cytopathology specimens; 1,000 bone marrows; 2,300 forensic autopsies; and 70 hospital autopsies per year. TriCore performs more than 12 million routine and esoteric laboratory tests annually. Faculty of the Department of Pathology participate in many research programs offering excellent opportunities for residents. Pathology faculty are principal investigators of several NIH sponsored centers and programs including the Cancer Center and multiple projects within the Clinical and Translational Research Center, the UNM Center for Molecular Discovery, the Human Tissue Repository, and the UNM Interdisciplinary HPV Prevention Center. Faculty also lead sponsored projects within the Center for Infectious Disease and Immunity.

Albuquerque is frequently mentioned as one of the most desirable urban communities in the United States. Albuquerque serves as a center of education, commerce, film production, and tourism for the mountain Southwest. The city’s high desert location affords it a moderate climate with plentiful sunshine and mild temperatures year-round. Opportunities for outdoor activities abound, and New Mexico’s natural beauty and cultural amenities draw visitors from around the world.

Application Instructions

We will accept applications exclusively through the ERAS Program. For information on ERAS, U.S., and Canadian students should contact their school of graduation, and foreign students should contact ECFMG. For other information about the residency program, contact us at the address below or see our website.


2021 salaries will be comparable to 2020 salaries, which began at $53,898. Malpractice insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance are provided. Generous funds for educational resources and travel are provided. Good housing is readily available.