Ambulatory Pediatrics

Ambulatory Pediatrics

Residents spend over 50 percent of their training in the outpatient arena during their time at UNM.

Outpatient Care Clinic: We serve a diverse group of patients from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. During daytime hours, the clinic provides urgent care services, caring for everything from meningitis and respiratory failure, to lacerations and fractures, to colds, ear aches and sore throats. In addition, residents see well newborns in follow-up from the nursery and well-child care. All these activities occur with the support and mentoring of a dedicated generalist faculty. A daily morning conference focuses on outpatient clinical topics.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Housestaff spend one month per year in the pediatric emergency department. We have seven full-time Pediatric Emergency Medicine boarded faculty who staff the Pediatric ED 24 hours per day. We have the only Level 1 trauma center in the state, and residents are involved in everything from stabilization of a child's life threatening injuries, to severe infections, to colds.

Continuity Clinic: Residents spend one-half day per week working with a group of peers over three years. Residents see their own patients, and have the opportunity to recruit patients to their own panels to help meet their individual educational needs and interests. Residents work with faculty in a ratio of no less than one faculty per four residents to learn the fundamentals of well-child care including behavior, development, and safety and nutritional anticipatory guidance. A PhD clinical psychologist works with residents to improve interviewing and developmental assessment skills. Residents may choose to have their continuity clinics at the Young Children’s Health Center, a satellite community clinic that caters primarily to Spanish-speaking families.

Adolescent Medicine: Residents in their second-year spend a month working with board-certified adolescent specialists. Experiences include working with youth in dedicated adolescent clinics, school-based health centers, residential treatment facilities and detention centers, and feature regular interactive teaching sessions.

Sub-specialty Clinics: All sub-specialty electives include time working in outpatient clinics in Albuquerque and participating in outreach clinical activities around the state. Residents work directly with attending faculty learning how to approach children with special health care needs and communicate effectively with primary care physicians.