The Mesilla Valley

The Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program is located in the beautiful Mesilla Valley in south-central New Mexico, a growing community with a bright future.

The Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program is located in the beautiful Mesilla Valley in south-central New Mexico, a growing community with a bright future. Las Cruces is the fastest growing city in New Mexico and the 11th fastest growing in the nation.

Las Cruces history dates back to 1598, when Don Juan de Onate led the first colonists to the area. In 1848 the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed. In 1854, the Gadsden Purchase was ratified in the historic village of Old Mesilla. In 1881, the infamous William H. Bonney, better known as “Billy the Kid” was tried and sentenced for murder here, but
later escaped. The Mesilla Valley has been “home” to people for at least 4,000 years, and that’s no surprise to anyone who has seen Las Cruces.

The Rio Grande flows through the middle of the valley with the majestic Organ Mountains rising to the east. The surrounding agricultural land yields pecans, onions, cotton and other produce, but it is renowned for growing the best-tasting green chile in the world. Today, Las Cruces offers a vast selection of annual events and attractions, great weather-an average of 350 days of sunshine a year-and without a doubt, the people of Las Cruces are the greatest asset. Las Cruces invites everyone to “Come for the History, Stay for the Fun!”

The Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program

The Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program (aka Memorial Medical Center Family Medicine Residency) was established in 1996 and since then has placed over 65% of its graduates in New Mexico and West Texas.

Mission: To develop and retain patient-centered, full-spectrum, Board Certified Family Physicians and other health professionals who improve the health and well-being of the people of southern NM.

Vision: To be nationally recognized regional health care center that:

  • Models the highest quality inter-professional patient care and education
  • Inspires primary care leaders to learn and innovate
  • Collaborates with the community
  • Produces a healthy population

Why Apply?

  • Unopposed Program – No competing residencies for inpatient/critical care with experienced and dedicated full time faculty
  • Integrated Inter-professional Education (Pharmacy, Behavioral, Social Sciences)
  • Focused on Social Determinants  of Health
  • Pediatric Hospitalist

We are fully accredited by both the ACGME and AOA.

We believe that the health of a nation is built on the foundation of primary care, and we are dedicated to making this foundation strong for our community by training highly skilled family physicians.


The Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency is dedicated to provide residents with a well-rounded, full spectrum medical education. We are a fully accredited by both the ACGME and AOA; our three-year Family Medicine residency program sponsored by Memorial Medical Center of Las Cruces, a LifePoint hospital.

The residency is affiliated with the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine, but maintains its status as the only community based, unopposed, three-year Family Medicine residency in New Mexico. We offer a strong and varied experience including border health, integrated behavioral medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics and rural medicine. We are committed to improving the health of the community we serve and to educating residents to be prepared to work in any environment.

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Unique Educational Opportunities

Integrated Behavioral Medicine

The Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency offers education with a strong emphasis on behavioral medicine. Our Behaviorists are PhD psychologists with prescriptive authority, a scope of practice available in only two states in the US. Our psychologists are an integral part of our hospital team and are present on daily hospital rounds. The residents work closely with the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Postdoctoral Masters in Psychopharmacology program and provide much of the teaching in physical assessment and pathophysiology for psychologists enrolled in that program. We also collaborate closely with the NMSU School of Counseling and Psychology and their Masters and PhD students rotate
through our FM clinic giving our residents a widely varied experience in behavioral medicine in the primary care setting.

Interprofessional Collaborative

“It’s no longer enough for health workers to be professional. In the current global climate, health workers also need to be interprofessional.” (WHO, 2010, p. 36)


The Interprofessional Collborative is a group of trainers in different healthcare fields and settings that work together each year to teach and promote integrated healthcare. This group consists of faculty from New Mexico State University from the Counseling Psychology, Nursing, and Social Work, and Anthropology programs, the University of New Mexico’s Pharmacy program, and Southern New Mexico’s Family Medicine Residency Program with family medicine residents. This collaborative has provided training for 103 trainees from 2013-2016 from different healthcare professions including counseling psychologists, social work, nurse practitioners, pharmacy, and family medicine physicians.

Health Equity Action Team (HEAT)

The Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program includes our Health Equity Action Team (HEAT). This team coordinates a unique, longitudinal social determinants of health curriculum that develops residents’ capacity to identify social determinants of health experienced by individuals and families in the border region; demonstrate respect for patients’ and families’ perspectives, including cultural and social background; and adapt patient care strategies to address social determinants of health, including working with interprofessional teams. HEAT includes an anthropologist, a public health scientist, two social work faculty, a behavioral health faculty member, and a family medicine faculty member who has broad experience in health policy.

Educational Rotations

Medical School Rotations

  • Medical Student rotations (4 to 6 weeks) are available to any medical student at any stage of training.
  • Rotation availability varies with the time of year. All rotations are on a first come first served basis. The busiest time of the year is October thru February, so inquire early.
  • The educational component will vary depending on the student’s educational level. In general the student will spend mornings in the hospital (Memorial Medical Center) on the Family Medicine Service and afternoons in clinic at the Family Medicine Center on the MMC campus. The rotations are hands-on, and students can expect to participate in both inpatient and outpatient work-ups, and surgical procedures. Applicants will be working with a resident at both sites. Responsibility will increase based on year of training and demonstrated skill level.
  • Room and board is not available at this time.
  • Requirements for these rotations include an institutional medical malpractice policy (provided by the medical school), updated immunization information, and clearance where appropriate by the Human Resources Department.

Salary Information

Resident Salary 2016-2017 Effective July 1, 2016

  • PGY 1 Salary: $50,400 CME: $450
  • PGY 2 Salary: $52,640 CME: $600
  • PGY 3 Salary: $54,880 CME: $750

Vacation: 15 days vacation, 5 days CME and 5 days illness
Insurance: Health & dental, professional liability, life/ADD/disability
Dues: American Academy of Family Physicians, New Mexico Medical Society, Dona Ana County Medical Society.
Licenses: Training license with the state of New Mexico (PGY3’s may apply for a full state license which is required for graduation
Board Exam: Residents will be reimbursed for their board exam fee upon success passage of the board exam.

Eligibility Criteria

Thank you for your interest in our Family Medicine Residency Program in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

To be eligible for a training position at the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program, all physicians must meet the following criteria:

  1. Your application must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).
  2. Be a graduate of an LCME-accredited medical school in the United States or Canada or an AOA accredited osteopathic school in the United States;e
  3. The Medical School that the Physician has graduated from must appear on the list of medical schools recognized as “approved” by the Medical Board of California;
  4. Graduates of international medical schools must hold a currently valid ECFMG certificate or possess a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of New Mexico, or have completed a Fifth Pathway program in an LCME-accredited medical school..
  5. Physicians who are not U.S. citizens must have a valid work authorization on a J-1 visa. All J-1 Visas are sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. This requirement is consistent with the AAMC guidelines for Graduate Medical Education programs. Eligibility for training at SNMFMRP does not guarantee future eligibility for granting of an unrestricted professional license by the New Mexico Medical Board.
  6. Physicians must be eligible for employment as verified by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Government Services Administration (GSA). Individuals on the OIC/GSA Exclusion List will not be considered for hire.)
  7. Physicians must take and pass Step II of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) before beginning residency at the SNMFMRP and Step III must be successfully completed by the end of the second year of training (PGY2) in order to be considered for PGY3 positions.
  8. Physicians must be eligible to receive a New Mexico Training License with the expectation that all requirements of the New Mexico Practice Act related to professional behavior, care of patients, and assurance of competency are adhered to while in training.
  9. Physicians must be graduates of an approved medical school in the last five years.
  10. Successful clearance of a Background Check, including fingerprints; and.
  11. Successful clearance of a drug screen..

NOTE: Meeting any or all of the aforementioned criteria do not guarantee an invitation to interview, nor an offer to fill a position.

The application deadline is November 15.

We hope this information is helpful to you. We wish you continued success in your career.