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Thursday School

The UNM School of Medicine

The UNM School of Medicine has become known internationally as an innovator in medical education. The medical school, over the years, has received educational grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, including a Primary Care Initiative proposing curricular innovations in the post-graduate training program in Internal Medicine.

Innovative Curriculum

Thursday School: Every Thursday afternoon residents are excused from clinical duties to attend an afternoon of didactic sessions. The first eight weeks of the academic year cover core topics in internal medicine for interns (PE, CHF, CAP, etc). Thereafter, each month is dedicated to a different subject matter - cardiology, pulmonology, etc. We also cover topics such as Palliative Care, Geriatrics, General Medicine and Residents-as-Educators and provide theme-based board review on a monthly basis.

Inpatient Curriculum: Created by our VA hospitalists, this curriculum includes weekly, case-based modules covering foundational inpatient topics. Our ward teams complete these interactive modules that also feature board review style questions on their call days.

Ambulatory Curriculum: These weekly, case-based discussions take place during continuity clinic and cover core primary care topics such as lower back pain, headache, and screening for prostate cancer.

Didactic Curriculum: Morning reports, IM grand rounds, hospitalist grand rounds, clinical pathological case conferences, journal clubs and more!

Innovative Rotations

Our program allows the flexibility and autonomy for residents to create their own electives such as medical education, transplant medicine, renal pathology, and radiation oncology.

Electives: In addition to standard medicine subspecialties and outpatient electives (like dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, women’s health) we also are very proud of our non-traditional electives, including medical economics, palliative care, integrative medicine, transfusion medicine, and heme-pathology.

International: Formal rotations include opportunities to study malaria and HIV in Kenya, Chagas and leishmaniasis in India, hantavirus in Chile and Panama and tuberculosis in Peru. We also have other international rotations in Bolivia, India, Chile and Panama. Finally, our residents have arranged their own international rotations in all parts of the world including India, Mexico and China most recently.

  • Global and Geographic Medicine Program
  • Our Global Health department continues to grow with a new Global Health Initiative that will establish multiple clinical and research rotations and collaborations in India, Ecuador and Kenya.
  • Laboratories of Tropical Diseases

Rural: There are several opportunities to work in outpatient and inpatient clinical experiences rural areas of New Mexico, including Farmington and Taos.

Research: Opportunities to pursue research your intern year allow preparation for applying for fellowship your second year. See the Scholarly Project page for more details. For those who want to complete more in-depth projects, residents can complete up to three months of research electives.