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. 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 (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
- 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.