Rural Track Program – Silver City, NM

The HMS Family Medicine Residency Program seeks to train the next generation of Family Medicine primary care physicians in a rural community health center environment, and prepare them to practice in rural, underserved and frontier regions.  Family Medicine residents are fully immersed in the patient-centered delivery care model and are a key component in delivering high quality, low cost care to our patients.

Unique Information

  • Focus on Rural Training with assistance from other specialties at UNM and telemedicine programs like Project ECHO
  • Protected Education Time – One day of didactics and scholarly activity per week, focusing on robust lecture topics and activities.
  • Modern Training Facility – Newly built 30,000 Square-Foot facility
  • Intimate Continuity Clinic Environment – Because the program only accept two residents per academic year, each resident is supported by the entire medical team and guaranteed a well-rounded, full spectrum experience with exposure to diverse and unusual cases
  • 1.3 Residents to One Faculty Ratio
  • Unopposed Training with no competition for procedures and full access to Attending Physicians
  • Richness of Culture – Southwest New Mexico boasts a very diverse population and residents will develop an ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with patients across many cultures.

Additional Information

About Silver City

  • Rising 6,000 feet above sea level
  • 3 Million Acres of Gila Wilderness
  • Outdoor Paradise
  • County Population: 10,300
  • 320 days of sunshine each year
  • Avg. July high: 90 and low 60, Avg. January low: 24 and high 50
  • Cost of Living: 10% below the national average
  • Great Family Lifestyle

Art & Culture

  • Home of Cultural Explosion: Jazz & Blues Festivals, Cowboy Poetry, Art Festivals
  • Two dozen art galleries and over 125 artists
  • 2014 Smithsonian Institute America’s Best Small Towns Award
  • 2008 Award for the 100 Best Small Towns in America
  • Voted among the 50 Healthiest Places to Live and Retire in the United States
  • The 50 Most Alive Places to Live, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Dozen Distinctive


  • Oprah Winfrey’s list of Top Spots to live
  • Richness of Culture: Tortilla Festivals, Pow-Wows, Rodeos

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