News Release

Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service and The University of New Mexico School of Medicine have partnered to create a family medicine residency program at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico.

“I want to extend my most sincere congratulations to the Indian Health Service for establishing this unique and crucially important training program,” said Paul B. Roth, MD, MS, University of New Mexico’s Chancellor for Health Sciences. “It reflects the commitment and creativity of our faculty working side-by-side with Indian Health Service and the Navajo government to address their medical workforce needs.”

“The Indian Health Service is excited to work with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine to establish a family residency program to serve our American Indian and Alaska Native community,” said Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee, the Indian Health Service director and an officer in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

“There is a growing need for physicians in rural areas. We hope this partnership will attract more physicians who want to serve in these areas while allowing residents to work in a diverse setting that facilitates learning in a small group environment."

University of New Mexico was awarded the five-year $2.4 million Health Resources and Services Administration Residency Training in Primary Care Program planning grant to create the residency program.

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