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University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Selection is based on academic achievement, motivation for medicine, problem-solving ability, self-appraisal, ability to relate to people, maturity, breadth of interests and achievement, professional goals, and likelihood of serving the health care needs of the State following postgraduate training. As a state-funded institution we primarily accept students from the State of New Mexico.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Marlene Ballejos, PhD
Application fee  $75
AMCAS application accepted  Yes
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 1 (Begins)
November 1 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  March 15 (Begins)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  2
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered  Yes
Early decision application period  June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date  October 1
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  July

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.62
Oldest MCAT considered  2010
Median MCAT Scores  28 MCAT total score
9 verbal reasoning
9 physical sciences
10 biological sciences
O writing
Required undergraduate course work
biology physics
organic chemistry biochemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry general chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.P.H.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  8
Combined college/M.D. program URL

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women's health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum?  Very frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice?  Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio  2.0:1
Full-time faculty  812
Part-time faculty  230
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  N/A
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  N/A
Full-time faculty in clinical program  N/A
Part-time faculty in clinical program  N/A

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $53.2
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  205
Principal investigators (PIs)  162
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  188

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Sandoval Regional Medical Center
University of New Mexico Hospital
VA New Mexico Health Care System

Curricula Descriptions

Four-year program curriculum

UNM includes PBL, TBL community-based learning, & Public Health Certification. Phase I: PBL, TBL, lectures, labs, & clinical experiences. Phase II: experiences in FM, IM, Neuro, Ob-Gyn, Peds, Psycg, & Surgery. Phase III: One month in a community site, one-month ICU rotation, one-month sub-internship, one-month interdisciplinary ambulatory care rotation, & various electives chosen by the student.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  97
Step 1: Percent passing  89%
Step 1: Average score  217
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  69
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  99%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  234

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  N/A
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  N/A
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  33
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.6
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.0
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $53.2
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $65.51

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  56
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  3.4
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.3
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  39.1%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.62
MCAT total score  28
Acceptance rate  11.1%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  2.0:1
Total medical school enrollment  415

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Janell Valdez
Financial aid phone  (505) 272-8008



Full-time: $16,120 (in-state)
Full-time: $46,297 (out-of-state)

Required fees  $3,275
Room and board  $16,193
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $123,504

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  90%
Students receiving loans  82%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  69%
Students receiving work study  0%



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