Living in Albuquerque


Byron Knowles, MD
Pediatric Resident, 2009-2012

Being a resident with two kids and a working mother at home makes family friendly take on a whole new level of importance. When choosing a program I needed one that was in a great place and with great people where my role as a resident could also be melded with my role as a parent. Albuquerque has been great for that, with many city parks, a great children’s museum, the perfect sized zoo, an aquarium to stay cool in during the summer with a fabulous shark tank, and the botanical gardens down by the river with their Christmas lights in winter and grass perfect for little feet to run on in the summer. I feel this is a place and a program where families can thrive.

New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, has much to offer people who chose to live and work here. Its many cultures, along with a civilized history that predates the thirteen colonies, make it unique.

Local Events

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held annually in October, is the world's largest gathering of hot air balloons.  It is the most photographed event in the world.

The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, held annually in April, brings together the best of Native American Dancers, singers and drummers.  If you haven't seen it, don't miss it this year.




Matt Rogers, MD
Pediatric Resident, 2009-2012

Whether you want to eat or enjoy some time outdoors, Albuquerque offers a wide blend of activities and more, even if you are a resident. Your time will be limited, therefore you need to find a place that extends quick but relaxing enjoyment. Voted #3 in Bicycling Magazine as “Best Place to Bike in America,” Albuquerque offers extensive bike trails and paths that extend throughout the whole of the city. New paths are constantly built to accommodate the spandex-loving bicyclist, not to mention the 16 miles of paved road that follows the muddy yet exotic Rio Grande flowing through the heart of the city. These trails lead to plenty of safe venues to walk, ride and jog to relieve that stress from your last call.

However, if filling your stomach is your passion, then Albuquerque offers a wide variety of eats each resident touting their favorite Thai, Indian or Greek joint. However, you should be warned that if you plan on eating in Albuquerque, plan to have green chili smeared over everything. Green chili on your burgers, your pizza, your waffles, basically if you eat it then green chili should be on it!

Albuquerque contains enough excitement to last a residency, but if not, don't forget about the dunes of White Sands, the slopes of Taos, the caves of Carlsbad and everything and everywhere Billy the Kid stayed or someone believed he visited. The only Land of Enchantment.