Rural Track Program – Shiprock, NM

At the Shiprock UNM Residency Program, we train family physicians to work rurally and beyond.  We accept two residents per year. Year One is at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Years Two and Three are in Shiprock, New Mexico. We are the only residency program on Navajo Nation  (Diné Bikéyah).

Unique Features

  • This is the first federal Indian Health Service (IHS) residency and the only residency located on Navajo Nation (Diné Bikéyah). Its location allows for close collaboration with the community and people it serves
  • We offer an integrated Native Health Curriculum with both didactic and experiential learning. Topics include health equity and disparities, the health effects of colonization, Indigenous history, and cultural humility
  • Our program combines the strengths of a of a large academic center at the University of New Mexico Hospital, and the independence of an “unopposed” experience at Northern Navajo Medical Center
  • The small program size allows residents to closely collaborate and receive mentorship from faculty
  • Faculty practice full-spectrum family medicine care, including inpatient, ICU, obstetrics, and outpatient medicine
  • Residents will be able to participate in the Sih Hasin Street Medicine, a team that aims to bring health care into the community, particularly to those who are experiencing housing instability. The team offers a variety of services including physical exams, wound care, and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions

Additional Information

  • Our location in the Four Corners provides access to a variety of outdoors and cultural activities including world-class mountain biking, skiing, rafting, and hiking
  • Housing for residents may be available at apartments nearby the hospital (Chaco Apartments). The closest off reservation housing available is in Cortez, CO (42 min drive, 40 miles) and Farmington, NM (35 min drive, 29 miles)

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