Obstetrics & Gynecology

MSC 10 5580
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Residency

Welcome to the Land of Enchantment and to the Department of OB/Gyn at the University of New Mexico Health and Sciences Center!  As the only medical school and Ob/Gyn residency program in a large rural state, we are privileged to serve a very diverse group of women with a wide range of significant pathology.  Our graduates are prepared for anything, whether they are looking for careers in general obstetrics and gynecology or are continuing their education within any of the subspecialties.

Through the pages below, you can get to know our current residents, graduates, what makes our program special, and why we love living in the southwest.  For more specific program statistics, please visit our APGO Residency Directory page.  Still have questions?  Feel free to contact our Residency Coordinator, Jen Jones

Current Residents


Johanna Byrd, M.D.
Johanna Byrd, M.D.

I came to New Mexico for undergrad and stayed for medical school.  When the time came to apply for residency, it was important for me to find a program with a strong family planning component, close relationship with midwives and undeserved patient population.  In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors gardening, hiking and snowshoeing.  I love that Albuquerque has a lot of bike trails and tennis courts in good condition.

Dominique Hill, M.D.
Dominique Hill, M.D.

I was born in Kansas and spent a large portion of my life in Texas, where I also attended medical school at UT Medical Branch School of Medicine in Galveston.  My hobbies include reading, writing, kakuro, kenken, and exercising.  I also enjoy watching movies, shopping, and spending time with my friends and family.  My professional interests include international affairs and public health.

Katie Lyons, M.D.
Katie Lyons, M.D.

I was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Mexico City and Texas.  I was drawn to OB/Gyn in medical school because of the day-to-day necessity of dealing with sensitive and poignant issues in women's lives.  The UNM program was appealing for many reasons, but specifically for the surgical experience, diverse patient population, and how much I laughed on my interview trip!  In my free time, I enjoy yoga, cooking, brewing beer, skiing, and travel.

Joyce Muruthi, M.D.
Joyce Muruthi, M.D.

I was originally born in Nyeri, Kenya, but I call New Orleans home.  I hope to one day go back to Kenya and use my training to make a meaningful impact.  In my residency down time I like to catch up with my fellow residents outside of work and enjoy all the beautiful scenery New Mexico has to offer.

Regan Riley, D.O.
Regan Riley, D.O.

I took a convoluted path to the University of New Mexico, but I can't imagine a more perfect place for me.  I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and have a deep love for the beauty, climate, microbrews, and coffee of the Pacific Northwest.  I lived in Florida and Arizona as I pursued different paths, but soon realized that OB/Gyn was a natural calling for me.  In medical school I fell in love with the scope of practice and, even more so, the relationships created with my OB/Gyn patients.  Here at UNM, our patients are the most proud, kind hearted, genuine women I have ever had the privilege of knowing.  When I'm not at work, I love to hang out with my fellow residents, enjoy the local microbrews, listen to live music, and spend time outdoors in this beautiful sunny weather!

Kat Tucker, M.D.
Kat Tucker, M.D.

I was born in Washington, DC and came to Albuquerque for medical school.  I was drawn to OB/Gyn because it encompassed all that I loved- advocacy, surgery, and primary care.  In my free time, I enjoy piano, tennis, hiking, skiing, reading, creative writing, and traveling.

Lindsay Bridgewater (Karlin), D.O.
Lindsay Bridgewater, D.O.

I was born in Oregon but grew up in Reno, Nevada and attended the University of Nevada studying biology and psychology.  I was fortunate to experience many different places and cultures while learning medicine at AT Still University.  The culturally diverse patient population and vast outdoors drew me to New Mexico, and the skilled, compassionate, dedicated, and team-oriented physicians within the UNM OB/Gyn program solidified my decision to become a part of the residency program.  When not at the hospital, I am usually exploring the vast outdoors either cycling, backpacking, hiking, or camping with my husband and our dog.

Elizabeth (Lizzi) Clark, M.D.
Elizabeth (Lizzi) Clark, M.D.

I grew up in Durham, North Carolina.  After completing my undergraduate work at Rice University, in Houston, TX, I moved to Peru where I served as a Peace Corps Health Volunteer for two years.  I returned to the US to pursue medicine and graduated with an MPH and MD from the University of Washington in Seattle.  I'm happy to have matched in the sunny southwest, where I love exploring the outdoors.  I am interested in health equality, and capacity building with my patients.  It's a privilege to be here and work with such a diverse group of patients and colleagues.

Jennifer Coffey, M.D.
Jennifer Coffey, M.D.

I was raised in Albuquerque and have grown to love this city and everything it has to offer.  I love the distinct four seasons, the outdoor activities year round, and of course, the green chile.  I also knew I wanted to stay at UNM to complete my OB/Gyn residency because of the strength of this program, the diverse patient population- especially the large number of Spanish-speaking patients- and the amazing residents!  In my free time, I love to travel.  My most recent BIG trip was Thailand/Bali/Singapore before residency began.  I also love snowboarding, snowshoeing, yoga, and stand-up paddle boarding.

Andrew Dale, M.D.
Andrew Dale, M.D.

I was born in Anaheim, California, but spent the majority of my life in Omaha, Nebraska.  Before deciding to go to medical school, I was a chef for 10 years, developing and executing menus for multiple fine-dining restaurants.  The transition from chef to physician has made me realize that the two fields have more in common than one might think.  In my free time, I still enjoy cooking and wine pairing, along with carpentry, and regular exercise.

Candice Lovato, M.D.
Candice Lovato, M.D.

Born and raised in Albuquerque, I attended UNM for both my undergraduate and medical degrees.  I completed 2 years of OB/Gyn residency at Danbury Hospital in CT.  It is a privilege to provide care and be intimately involved in Women's Health.  I am blessed to have an amazing family, my husband Frankie and our daughter Maya!

Heather Riese, M.D.
Heather Riese, M.D.

I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and I’m a proud Badger. I went to college in MN before returning to UW-Madison for medical school. I fell in love with UNM at my interview and convinced my husband that Albuquerque would be a great place for our soon to be family of four. I grew up on the water so living in the desert has been a big change for us, but we love the easy access to hiking and skiing, not to mention the much milder winters. When not in the hospital, I enjoy cooking, swimming, and traveling with my husband and son. We love traveling anywhere there is an ocean and back to visit my husband's family in Germany where he is from originally.

Meghan (Meg) Beddow, M.D.
Meghan (Meg) Beddow, M.D.

New to the southwest, I grew up in Cleveland and completed medical school at The Ohio State University. I have a strong interest in global health and working with undeserved populations, which is part of what drew me to New Mexico (along with the beautiful outdoors, friendly and down-to-earth people, and unbeatable weather). In my free time, I enjoy painting, hiking, Latin dance, travel, and new and interesting foods and people.

Erin Bell, M.D.
Erin Bell, M.D.

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, but I lived in Georgia and Texas before coming back to New Mexico for medical school. OB/Gyn was a natural choice for me. I enjoy the balance between clinic, L&D, and surgery. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, Crossfit, soccer, quilting, graphic design, woodworking, and skiing.

Jennifer Haase, M.D.
Jennifer Haase, M.D.

I am a native New Mexican and was born and raised in Albuquerque. I went to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston for medical school. I like cooking and enjoy spending my free time outside with my dog. Albuquerque is so spectacularly dog friendly! I am excited to be delving into my residency training and want to be a general obstetrician/gynecologist after graduation.

Mariam Savabi, M.D.
Mariam Savabi, M.D.

My passion for social justice and women’s rights drove me to the field of OB/Gyn.  I intend on using my education and experiences in public health and medicine to create effective medical interventions related to family planning access and maternal mortality domestically and globally. I am interested in pursuing a Family Planning fellowship and completing research in emergency obstetric services, contraception access, and abortion.

Laura Tedrick, M.D.
Laura Tedrick, M.D.

I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho where I spent my childhood exploring the abundant nature just out my backdoor. A love for the mountains and outdoor activities led me to Bozeman, Montana for my undergraduate studies where—between hiking, skiing and trying new hobbies like fly fishing and snowshoeing—I earned degrees in Cell Biology and Neuroscience and Spanish Language and Literature. During medical school at the University of Washington, I discovered my passion for women’s health and advocating for women’s rights. I was drawn to New Mexico for the natural beauty of the area and the warmth of the people- both the patient population and the faculty. When I am not at the hospital, I can be found running, hiking, skiing, tending to my ever-wilting plants or cooking. My husband and I are excited to become involved in the communities of New Mexico and explore the many unique cultural and outdoor possibilities offered by the Land of Enchantment!

Daniel (Danny) Weinberg, M.D.
Daniel (Danny) Weinberg, M.D.

Moving to New Mexico after growing up in South Carolina has been a great adventure for me. The people here are warm, funny, and create a laid-back environment where I really feel that I can thrive. My interests are broadly related to promoting women's health as a mechanism of improving public health for all. Specifically, I am fascinated in how our external environment affects many aspects of women's health - from healthy development of pregnancy to risk factors for cancer. New Mexico provides a great opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds and to think about how their unique environments affect their patterns of disease. I love spending time outdoors, cooking, and playing music. My wife is currently studying Chinese Medicine, and we hope to work together over the long term towards a more holistic idea of healthcare


Georgina Amaral, MD
Gerogina Amaral, M.D.

I grew up in Southern California and earned a master's degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law.  I am interested in reproductive health advocay and the intersections of law and medicine as well as working with underserved populations and most other topics in OB/Gyn.  I am a fluent Spanish speaker!

Elizabeth Garchar, M.D.
Elizabeth Garchar, M.D.

I am a native northern New Mexican from Santa Fe.  I have always had a passion for my fellow women and love that OB/Gyn's share in some of the most poignant moments in women's lives.  Some of my hobbies are reading, running and spednding time with my family.  A fun fact about me is I have circumnavigated Catalina Island in a sea kayak as a camp counselor.

Rebekah Maston, M.D.
Rebekah Maston, M.D.

Rebekah was born and raised in Taos, NM.  She plans on working as a general OB/Gyn at an academic institution.  Along with her interset in medical education, she is also interested in advocacy and health policy.  Rebekah enjoys lifting weights, swimming and spending time with her family.

Brenna McGuire, M.D.
Brenna McGuire, M.D.

Hello! My name is Brenna McGuire and I grew up in Albuquerque, NM.  I spent my college years at Cornell in Ithaca, NY and did research at UCLA before coming back to New Mexico for Medical School.  My future professional interests include rural and community healthcare, family planning and global health.  I chose OB/Gyn as a specialty because I enjoy the combination of primary care and surgical experience and I love working with women of all ages.  In my free time I enjoy hiking with my dogs, running, cycling and traveling.

Hannah Palm, M.D.
Hannah Palm, M.D.

I grew up in San Jose California, which is why I love mountains and redwoods and avocados.  I chose OB/Gyn as an avenue to be a strong advocate for women's health, and I look forward to a career in underserved and international health.  I travel abroad any chance I get, love to dance salsa and bachata, and have a twin sister who looks nothing like me.  I am so excited to start my future as an OB/Gyn at UNM!

Charlotte Pickett, M.D.
Charlotte Pickett, M.D.

I was born and raised in Northern California.  Drawn to community advocacy and work in resource poor settins, I completed a rural track for my medical education at the University of California, Davis.  I've always been passionate about women's health.  The field of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers everything I desire in a specialty: continuity of care, diversity of practice, and the technical challenge of mastering a surgical skill-set.  I feel incredibly privileged to care for women of all ages and backgrounds.  Health is a human right; we all deserve quality, evidence-based, and compassionate care.  In my spare time I can be found laughing with friends and family, climbing moutains or trying new foods.  I am thrilled to be starting my residency at University of New Mexico!

Curriculum Overview

Our residency curriculum provides residents with exposure to and education in all aspects of OB/Gyn, including all sub-specialties.  Responsibilities and duties of residents are progressive and individualized to resident abilities.

PGY1

Interns receive a broad overview of all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology in their first year.  Their first month is an orientation rotation, allowing new residents the opportunity to ease into their duties and get to know the faculty and their fellow residents.  During their first 4-6 weeks, they will also attend an intern school consisting of educational seminars to ensure they are well-prepared to be effective Ob/Gyn residents in the UNM system.

The PGY1 curriculum consists of 13 four-week blocks of the following rotations:

  • Orientation month
  • Gynecology
  • Labor & Delivery/Night Float
  • Ultrasound/Breast Clinic
  • Gyn Oncology
  • Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Family Planning
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine

PGY2

Our residents become more confident caring for our patients and assume a more active role in teaching and patient care.

The PGY2 curriculum consists of 6 two-month blocks of the following rotations:

  • Labor & Delivery
  • Night Float
  • Urogynecology
  • Sandoval Regional Medical Center-Operative Gynecology
  • Gyn Oncology
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine

PGY3

Our residents become team leaders and continue to assume active roles in supervising, teaching, and providing clinical care.

The PGY3 curriculum consists of 6 two-month blocks of the following rotations:

  • Labor & Delivery
  • Night Float
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine/Ultrasound/Genetics
  • Presbyterian Hospital-Operative Gynecology
  • Lovelace Healthcare-Operative Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Gynecology
  • Elective (During 2nd Float Rotation)

PGY4

Residents at the chief level function as leaders and consultants. Throughout the year, they are refining their supervisory and management skills. Their duties include teaching medical students and other residents on their service as well as leading interdisciplinary patient care teams.

The PGY4 curriculum consists of 6 two-month blocks of the following rotations:

  • Urogynecology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology-Infertility/Family Planning
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Lovelace Healthcare-Operative Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Gyn Oncology
  • Night Float

Clinical Duties

Two-month rotations are overseen by board certified faculty including sub specialists in MFM, REI, ONC, UROGYN, and Family Planning, who are dedicated to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. Most training is at the University campus. We average 3,500 deliveries at the 500 bed University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and approximately 58,000 outpatient visits in our citywide clinics each year. Additional gynecologic training is obtained at nearby major medical centers including the UNM Sandoval Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital, Lovelace, and the VA Medical Center.

Teaching

Intern School

During the first four to six weeks of residency, interns will meet weekly for educational seminars that will ensure they are prepared to be effective OB/Gyn residents in the UNM System.

Resident School

All residents attend a weekly protected teaching block on Friday afternoons.  The carefully-planned schedule includes a monthly morbidity and mortality conference and curriculums on:

  • Wellness
  • Cultural Competency
  • Quality and Safety
  • Research Training

The curriculum is built to cover all CREOG learning objectives every two years.

Journal Club

Each division hosts a regular Journal Club, covering seminal articles as well as the latest research.

Clinical Teaching

Regular didactics and case conferences are held weekly on each service.

Research

All residents participate in research during their residency.  Some residents will partner with faculty in ongoing research, while others will design and implement their own.  In June of each year, the department hosts the Annual Women's Health Research Symposium.  At this symposium, PGY2s will present an abstract and PGY3s will give an oral presentation.  PGY4s may present their research at a regional or national conference.  Financial support and educational leave can be provided for these opportunities.

In recent years, residents have presented at meetings of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics/Council on Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (APGO/CREOG), the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP).

Residents are also encouraged to publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal.

For more information, please see the Research section of the UNM OB/Gyn Wiki Page.

Notable Aspects of Our Program

Our residents find the following features of our program to be particularly appealing:

  • One-month orientation rotation at the beginning of residency to allow new interns to become familiar with the faculty and residents as they ease into their residency.
  • Extensive "hands-on" ultrasound training leading to eligibility for certification by the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM).
  • The major referral center and only Level 1 Trauma Center in New Mexico for obstetrics, specialized gynecology and oncology.
  • Fellowship opportunities in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, maternal-fetal medicine, and reproductive health and family planning.
  • Two residents from the chief class are elected as Administrative Chiefs, and assist with scheduling and advocating for resident concerns within the department.
  • Monthly meetings with the Program Director for interns; all other classes have quarterly meetings to discuss any issues, concerns, or improvements within the department.
  • Annual resident retreat at a nearby resort.
  • Ethnically diverse patient population.
  • Protected educational time.
  • An integrated Certified Nurse Midwifery Program.

Graduates

2017 Graduates

Resident Graduates 2017

Johanna Byrd, MD:  Northern New Mexico Women's Health Specialists, Farmington, NM

Dominique Hill, MD: General OB/Gyn, Presbyterian Medical Group - Rust, Albuquerque, NM

Katie Lyons, MD: General OB/Gyn, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Joyce Muruthi, MD: Global Health Innovations & Leadership Fellowship, Massachusettes General Hospital, Boston, MA

Regan Riley, OD: Family Planning Fellowship, UNM, Albuquerque, NM

Kat Tucker, MD: Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship, University of North Carolina

2016 Graduates

Resident Graduates 2016

Christine Black, MD:  Attending, Colorado Plains Medical Center, Fort Morgan, CO

Kylie Fowler, MD: Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Fellow, Children's National, Medstar & Gerogetown Hospitals, Washington, DC

Megan Henrie, MD: Attending, Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, NM

Maria Montoya, MD: Attending, Univeristy of New Mexico OB/Gyn Department

Saul Rivas, MD: Attending, UT Rio Grande Valley Hospital, Edinburg, TX

Katie Volpe, MD: Attending, University of New Mexico OB/Gyn Department

2015 Graduates

Resident Graduates 2015

Jill Alldredge, MD: Gyn Onc Fellow at Univerisity of California-Irvine

Nick Andrews, MD, PhD: Faculty at University of New Mexico

Samara Knight, MD, MPH: Women's Specialists of New Mexico - Albuquerque, NM

Melia Lucero, MD: Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Marble Falls, TX

Mary Sale, MD: Presbyterian Medical Group - Albuquerque, NM

Laura Thaxton, MD: Family Planning Fellow at Univerisity of New Mexico

About Albuquerque

Albuquerque

Beside the Rio Grande and picturesque Sandia mountains, Albuquerque offers just about everything: a genuine casual elegance, reasonable cost of living, mild weather and juxtaposition of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures.  The city’s adobe architecture, art, and ecology are the essence of everything New Mexican. A mild, four-season climate make this a favorite locale for hiking, trail biking, mountain climbing, hot air ballooning, skiing, snowboarding, skating/longboarding and sunset watching.

Hiking

  • Foothills on west side of Sandia Mountains (Embudo, Embudito, Pino & La Luz Trails)
  • East side of Sandia Mountains
  • I-40 East, 14 North to 536 (Sandia Peak Ski Area)
  • Tree Springs Trail

Skiing

Growers Market

  • Los Ranchos, 6718 Rio Grand Blvd NW; Saturday 7am-12pm, year round
  • Downtown, Central/8th at Robinson Park; Saturday 8am-12pm, April-November
  • Rail Yards, 777 1st St SW; Sunday 10am-12pm, May-October

Old Town

Central Ave NW/Rio Grande Blvd NW
Historic area; shopping, restaurants, museums
www.albuquerqueoldtown.com

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2401 12th St NW
Museum, gift shops, Indian dances & craft demos, restaurant, Pueblo history
www.indianpueblo.org

National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th St SW
Art exhibits, performing arts, genealogy center, restaurant, gift shop.
www.nhccnm.org

Nob Hill District

Near UNM on Route 66 (Central Ave.), historic shopping & dining district.
rt66central.com

Open Spaces

A number of hiking trails, centers, special activities around the city - treasured gems!
www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/open-space/events

Neighborhood Walking Tours

www.visitalbuquerque.org/things-to-do/tours-sightseeing/walking/neighborhood-walks

Bike Trails

A number of bike trails navigate through the city

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

2901 Candelaria NW
Visitor Center, ponds & 2 mi. of trails through the Bosque by the Rio Grande River; also paved trail for jogging, biking, rollerblading.
www.rgnc.org

Petroglyphs National Monument

6510 Western Trail NM
Hiking trails, petroglyphs, visitor center
www.nps.gov/petr/index.htm

Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway - Day Trip

Scenic route to Santa Fe
www.turquoisetrail.org

Acoma Pueblo - Day Trip

West of Albuquerque, see website for location and tour information
www.acomaskycity.org

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument - Day Trip

Southwest of Santa Fe; about 45 minutes North of Albuquerque
Hiking amidst tent-like rock formations
www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/rio_puerco/kasha_katuwe_tent_rocks.html

Bandelier National Monument - Day Trip

Just outside of Los Alamos; near Santa Fe
www.nps.gov/band/index.htm

Jemez Mountains - Day Trip

About 45 minutes NW of Albuquerque
Hiking, camping, drive through Jemez Pueblo
www.visitalbuquerque.org/things-to-do/tours-sightseeing/self-guided/jemez-mountain/

Applicants

Applicants for residency training at UNM Health Sciences Center must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Graduate of an international medical school meeting one of the following qualifications:
    • Have a currently valid ECFMG certificate or
    • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction.
  • Graduate of international medical school who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

Our Residency Program accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  Any information submitted outside of ERAS cannot be accepted.

To apply for our Residency Program, submit the following documents:

  • ERAS application
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • 3 or 4 letters of recommendation
  • MSPE (Dean's letter)

Residents accepted into the program will need to successfully complete both parts of USMLE Step 2 to start the program.  We strongly encourage applicants to take both parts of USMLE Step 2 before March 1 to permit reporting of scores before the start of orientation in late June.  Reporting of USMLE scores can take approximately 8 weeks.  Consult the USMLE Policy for full details.

Please contact our Residency Coordinator, Jen Jones, if you have any questions about our residency program.  You can also learn more about case numbers and other program statistics on our page of the APGO Residency Directory.

Contact Information

Jody Stonehocker, MD
Residency Program Director,
Assistant Professor
Email: jstonehocker@salud.unm.edu

Eve Espey, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair
Email: eespey@salud.unm.edu

Susan Quintana
Curriculum Development
Email: squintana@salud.unm.edu

Jen Jones
Residency Coordinator
Email: jjones18@salud.unm.edu

Postal address
Department of Ob/Gyn
MSC10-5580
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001

Telephone:  (505) 272-6525
Fax: (505) 272-6385