Doctor of Medicine

Degree Offered

  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Dual Degree Programs

Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences: The Doctor of Medicine program and the Biomedical Sciences program in the School of Medicine offer a Dual Degree Program leading to the M.D. and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Sciences. See the Graduate and Professional Dual Degree Programs section of this Catalog.

Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health: The Doctor of Medicine program and the College of Population Health offer a Dual Degree Program leading to the M.D. and the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.). See the Graduate and Professional Dual Degree Programs section of this Catalog.

Combined B.A./M.D. Degree Program

The Combined B.A./M.D. degree program is designed to help address the physician shortage in New Mexico. Students accepted into this program first earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Health, Medicine and Human Values through the College of Arts and Sciences specifically designed to prepare them for medical school. Upon successful completion of the academic and eligibility requirements of the program, students then enter the School of Medicine to complete the M.D. See the Health, Medicine and Human Values: Undergraduate Program section of this Catalog.


The School of Medicine has gained national and international recognition for its constantly evolving curricular innovations which have aimed at adapting adult learning theory to medical education. Educational emphasis has shifted from the learning of facts to teaching students the skills they need to be effective lifelong learners. Current educational initiatives are aimed at improving the integration of the basic sciences and clinical medicine, shifting teaching and learning through ambulatory and community settings, integrating problem-based learning throughout the curriculum and emphasizing computer literacy and information management skills.

The four-year curriculum, incorporates successful aspects of conventional (lecture-based) medical school curricula with innovative aspects of small group learning found in problem-based curricula. These aspects include problem-based and student-centered learning; early clinical skills learning coupled with sustained, community-based learning; the incorporation of a population and behavioral perspective into the clinical years; peer teaching; computer-assisted instruction; and biweekly seminars on professional responsibility. The new curriculum also addresses the historically unmet as well as changing health care needs of our population and changing learning needs of future physicians.

Admission Information

See the School of Medicine Web site for additional information regarding the application and admission process.

Applications and Deadlines

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM SOM) uses the centralized American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) that is supported by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The AMCAS application of those applicants who wish to apply to the UNM SOM are electronically forwarded to the school.

Early Decision Program B.A./M.D. Program All other programs
Earliest Date to Apply June 2 August 1 June 2
Application Deadline August 1 Second Friday in November November 1
Applicant Notified October 1 April 1 March 15

Applicants are notified by email if they have been approved to complete the Secondary Application and a residency form.

Early Decision Program

Applicants who apply through the Early Decision Program can only apply to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM>SOM). Current New Mexico residents who desire to apply only to the UNM SOM may apply through the Early Decision Program (EDP). WICHE and non-resident applicants MUST apply through the EDP to receive consideration. All out-of-state residents must have at least the average MCAT/GPA threshold as the last year's entering class to be given consideration for admission. Contact the UNM SOM Admissions office for more information.

EDP applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) no later than June so that scores can be available before the application deadline of August 1. Notifications of acceptance to the EDP are sent out on October 1. Applicants who do not get accepted through EDP are released and may then apply to additional schools. EDP regulations apply to both AMCAS and non-AMCAS participating schools.

Additional information on the Early Decision Program is included in the AMCAS application.

Doctor of Medicine Prerequisite Coursework Requirements

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM SOM) encourages application from all interested students, regardless of their area of academic study. To receive consideration for the admissions process, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. The minimum prerequisite course requirements to apply to the UNM School of Medicine are:

Required Course Laboratory Required Length
General Biology I and II Yes 1 academic year (2 semesters or 3 quarters)
General Chemistry I and II Yes 1 academic year (2 semesters or 3 quarters)
Organic Chemistry I and II Yes 1 academic year (2 semesters or 3 quarters)
General Physics I and II No 1 academic year (2 semesters or 3 quarters)
Biochemistry* No 1 semester or 2 quarters

*The biochemistry course should be at the 400-level. Students taking biochemistry at UNM may take
ONE of the following class combinations to meet the biochemistry prerequisite requirement:

  • BIOC *423 ONLY
  • Both BIOC 445 and 446
  • Both CHEM 421 and 425

All prerequisites, except the organic chemistry labs (both I and II) and biochemistry, must be completed prior to the submission of the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application. The organic chemistry labs and biochemistry prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation.

All prerequisites must be completed with a letter grade of C or better (C- is not acceptable). Pass/Fail (CR/NC) grading is not accepted. Advance Placement (AP) Credit is accepted for introductory Biology, Chemistry, or Physics ONLY if college credit was granted by the institution. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit is accepted provided the applicant has the sufficient number of credit hours to fulfill the required prerequisites.

Online Coursework

No more than two lecture courses of the required prerequisites may be completed through an online course provided that the course(s) is completed at a college and/or university recognized by one of the U.S. Regional Accrediting Agencies.

Medical College Admissions Test

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required for admission to the UNM SOM. This exam assesses mastery of basic concepts in biology, chemistry (general and organic), and physics, facility with scientific problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills. The skills and concepts tested by the MCAT are those identified by physicians and medical educators as prerequisite for the practice of medicine. The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) transmits the scores to the UNM School of Medicine with the application. To receive consideration in the admissions process, applicants must have a minimum total numerical MCAT score of 22 for MCAT prior to 2015, or MCAT score of 491 for current MCAT.

Information about the exam is provided in MCAT Essentials, published by the Association of American Medical Colleges. This information includes detailed descriptions of the content and cognitive skills assessed by the exam. It also provides examples of question formats used on the test and incorporates sample items with response explanations. Full-length practice exams are available for purchase ($35.00 each) at the applicant's convenience.

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine does NOT accept MCAT exam scores that are more than four years old at the time of application. The Committee on Admissions does not consider MCAT scores released after the interviews have taken place. Additional questions about the MCAT should be directed to the UNM SOM Office of Admissions by phone (505) 272-4766 or email:


To receive consideration for the admissions process, an applicant must be a resident of New Mexico for at least one year at the time of application or have strong ties to New Mexico. Strong ties include graduating from a New Mexico high school in which the applicant attended for at least one year, or being financially dependent on a New Mexico resident.

Consideration is also given to members of any U.S. federally-recognized American Indian/Alaskan Native tribe. For more specific information regarding UNM's Residency Policies, visit the Office of the Registrar’s Web site on Residency Information.

The University is also a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Therefore, consideration is given to residents of participating states that do not have medical schools (Montana and Wyoming). WICHE applicants must apply through the Early Decision Program and must also have at least the average MCAT/GPA as the last year's entering class in order to receive consideration. Contact the UNM SOM Admissions office for more information.

Foreign national applicants who would like to be considered for admission to the UNM School of Medicine are expected to have the equivalent of at least two years of full-time undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited college or university in the United States, and to have all the same required course prerequisites. All prerequisite coursework must be earned at a college and/or university recognized by one of the U.S. Regional Accrediting Agencies. Foreign national applicants must also reside in New Mexico for a least one year prior to application in order to fulfill the residency requirement.

Clinical Experience

The Committee on Admissions carefully reviews each type of clinical experience in which the applicant to medical school has participated. The Committee believes that every applicant should reflect a vibrant interest in medicine demonstrated by clinical experiences with direct patient contact and knowledge of New Mexico's health care issues. The intent is to provide the applicant with the opportunity to prove to himself or herself and to the Committee on Admissions that medicine is the profession in which the individual wholeheartedly wishes to study and work. This volunteer or possible work experience may be in a hospital or clinic setting, perhaps in a nursing home or hospice environment. It is the responsibility of each student to take initiative to locate clinical experiences (e.g., through interactions with the various volunteer offices of the local hospitals or through interactions with their professors, friends, family members, etc.). There are many summer clinical experience programs around the country; however, application to those programs begins during the winter months, long before the summer starts.

The Committee also examines the type of community volunteer activities in which applicants have been involved. The Committee believes that individuals who have participated in such activities are more likely to relate well to other people, an essential aspect of the physician-patient interaction.

Pre-Med Advisement

The UNM SOM Office of Admissions offers pre-med advisement to any students interested in applying to medical school. The Office of Admissions holds monthly advisement workshops to provide students with the basic information on applying to medical school. All students interested in setting up a one-on-one advisement appointment with one of the UNM SOM Office of Admissions staff persons must first attend an advisement workshop.

UNM Students can also receive pre-med advisement from The University of New Mexico's University College or the College of Arts and Sciences.

Be very careful of any outside advice received from physicians and/or current medical students as information on the application process may change from year-to-year.


CLNS 501. Foundations of Medical Science. (6)

CLNS 502. Musculoskeletal, Skin and Connective Tissue. (6)

CLNS 503. Hemotology. (6)

CLNS 509. Cardiovascular-Pulmonary-Renal. (6)

CLNS 510. Human Sexuality and Reproduction. (1-10)

CLNS 513. Neurosciences. (1-10)

CLNS 516. GI-Endocrine. (6)

CLNS 517. Doctoring V: Transitions. (8)

CLNS 522. Doctoring III: Practical Immersion Experience. (4)

CLNS 537. Health of New Mexico. (3)

CLNS 549. Infectious Disease. (1-10)

CLNS 551. Doctoring I: Laying the Foundation for Clinical Practice. (4)

CLNS 552. Doctoring II: Stepping into Roles and Exploring Perspectives. (4)

CLNS 553. Doctoring IV. (4)

CLNS 561. Clinical Reasoning I. (4)

CLNS 562. Clinical Reasoning II. (4)

CLNS 563. Clinical Reasoning III. (4)

CLNS 571. Quantitative Medicine I. (2)

CLNS 572. Quantitative Medicine II. (2)

CLNS 573. Quantitative Medicine III. (2)

CLNS 600. Medicine Clerkship. (8)

CLNS 650. Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship. (8)

CLNS 675. Pediatrics Clerkship. (8)

CLNS 700. Neurology Clerkship. (4)

CLNS 725. Psychiatry Clerkship. (4)

CLNS 750. Surgery Clerkship. (8)

CLNS 775. Family Practice. (8)


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