The University of New Mexico Hospital (UNM) Hospital has the only Level I trauma center in the area. The 619-bed acute tertiary care facility provides state-of-the-art patient care through inpatient outpatient clinics and emergency services. UNMH also has an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center, a comprehensive stroke and neurology trauma service, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program, and adult and pediatric comprehensive psychiatry services. UNMH annually manages more than: 93,000 emergency visits, 7,000 trauma cases,18,000 surgeries and almost 500,000 outpatient clinic visits.
The Specialized Residency in Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy at the UNM Health Sciences Center is tailored to give residents exposure to all aspects of the management of patients with infectious diseases. Experience is achieved through clinical rotations specifically designed to enhance the pharmacist’s role in infectious disease pharmacotherapy. The resident learns how to develop, implement, and manage an effective Antibiotic Management Service. Clinical experience is gained through clinical rotations on the Infectious Diseases Consult Services (adult and pediatric services), Oncology Services, Internal Medicine, and through services in the STD clinic. Time spent in the infectious diseases HIV clinic is continuous, one-half day per week, throughout the year.
New Mexico is the first state to recognize and license advance practice pharmacists (pharmacist clinicians) who provide direct care to patients. Pharmacist clinicians conduct medication reviews and physical assessments, order lab and diagnostic tests, and prescribe medication therapies. New Mexico’s pharmacists can prescribe, dispense and administer a variety of Board-approved medications such as childhood and adult vaccinations, hormonal and emergency contraceptives, naloxone, smoking cessation agents and travel vaccines.
Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, basks in 310 days of sunshine, combined with a mild, dry climate and four distinct seasons. Very low humidity means that even when temperatures rise, summer is always comfortable, and our sunny winters are comparatively mild. The closest ski area is a 45 minute drive away, exceptional hiking trails in the Sandia Mountains are a 20 minute drive from anywhere in the city. The state provides endless natural sources of wonder and adventure spanning the dramatic northern mountains to the stark beauty of open spaces like our eastern high plains and southern deserts.
From the breathtaking views to resilient and diverse people to delicious chile-infused cuisine, New Mexico provides opportunities for constant amazement within a place and culture like no other.
Required 4-week Rotations:
Adult Infectious Diseases
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Infectious Diseases Outpatient Clinics
Required Longitudinal Rotations
Research (research project with a publication-ready manuscript)
HIV Clinic (1/2 day per week)
Possible Elective Rotations
Additional Residency Experiences
Staffing one weekend a month
Volunteer faculty appointment at the UNM College of Pharmacy for didactic lectures and student precepting
Didactic Lectures at the College of Pharmacy
Physical Assessment Certificate Program (forpharmacist clinicianlicensure)
Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited school or college of pharmacy
University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) is New Mexico’s only academic medical center that provides comprehensive care for the residents of New Mexico and the surrounding areas. UNMH has the only Level I trauma center in the area. UNMH also has an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center, a comprehensive stroke and neuro trauma service, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program, and adult and pediatric comprehensive psychiatry services.