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Medical Residency Program

 

WELCOME! - BIENVENIDOS!

It is a privilege to have this opportunity to welcome you to our website and share with you a few thoughts on the Northern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program (NNMFMRP) located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The NNMFMRP graduated its first class of residents in June 1998.  Our program is a “1+2 Residency Program” that combines the best components of a one-year University-based internship in Albuquerque with a two-year Community-based residency in Santa Fe.

I believe that this one year in a traditional medical education setting forms a critical foundation for the successful continuation of the residency program.  CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, a not-for-profit community hospital, and La Familia Medical Center, a federally qualified community health center, and the CHRISTUS St. Vincent Family Medicine Center provide the core clinical settings for this non-traditional program in Santa Fe during the second and third years of training.

Of the many strengths of our program, it is my opinion that the following characteristics distinguish the NNMFMRP from many other training programs: Santa Fe is a beautiful place to live.  With a population of 68,000, it is the oldest continuously inhabited capital city in the United States.  This sense of history is enhanced by its multicultural heritage of Native Americans, Hispanics, and Northern Europeans.  Unique architecture and four–season climate, with predominantly blue skies and sunny weather, makes Santa Fe an exceptionally appealing site to begin one’s career. 

Our mission is a noble one.  We are dedicated to improving primary care access for uninsured, rural and immigrant patient populations.  One of our continuity clinics is at a well established community health center.  In July of 2013 we opened a second continuity clinic for our residents to train. This new clinic, the CSV Family Medicine Center, will allow us to increase our resident slots from three to four per year.  This is an exciting opportunity to broaden the residency training experience as we strive to meet the needs of our community.

We deliver approximately 30% of the babies born in Santa Fe’s only community hospital.  Over 80% of our graduates choose to remain in New Mexico after graduation.  Of those who have left New Mexico, all have worked in under-served settings.  Our curriculum is flexible, allowing ample opportunity for individual residents to tailor their educational experience to their special needs, interests and talents.  It is a training environment that values the precepts of individualized adult-learning.  Our residency utilizes one-on-one teaching, especially in the hospital when one resident is on call with one attending. 

Our residency provides protected time for residents to engage in a community project of their choice. The community medicine experience includes specific training in health policy advocacy at the New Mexico State Legislature, as well as extensive involvement with the New Mexico Department of Health.

I hope that you find this web site helpful in choosing the residency program that is best for you. If you have any other questions about the Northern New Mexico Family Medicine Program, please feel free to explore further or contact me directly at luis.rigales@stvin.org

Luis Rigales, MD - Program Director