ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico School of Medicine has been honored with a national Family Medicine Top Ten Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians for encouraging student interest in family medicine and producing graduates who enter the specialty.
Over the past three years, nearly 16 percent of UNM medical graduates have entered accredited family medicine residency programs, thrusting the UNM program into the top 10 schools in the nation for producing family medicine physicians.
“The School of Medicine’s Department of Family & Community Medicine has a strong history of providing an exceptional education for aspiring medical providers to serve New Mexicans throughout the state,” said Executive Vice Dean Dr. Martha McGrew of the School of Medicine.
“It’s an honor and privilege to be a part of educating physicians for New Mexico,” she said. “Our commitment to improving health — not only in our state’s urban areas, but in our more rural and underserved areas — continues to yield results. I think this award speaks directly to our efforts.”
UNM School of Medicine was one of the academy’s top 10 previously, from 2011 to 2013, but failed to make the list last year.
The award comes at a time when the United States is facing a shortage of primary care physicians.
The AAFP, with more than 115,000 members, works to improve the health of patients, families and communities. Founded in 1947, the academy helps family physicians improve Americans’ health by advancing the specialty of family medicine through advocacy, practice enhancement and medical education.