U of New Mexico neurosurgery residency to lose accreditation in 2020

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque will shut down its neurosurgery residency program on June 30, 2020, after losing accreditation, according to the Albuquerque Journal

Two of the program's 10 residents will complete the program before it closes. UNM is helping the other eight residents find new placements. The medical school will still be required to pay resident salaries and benefits — roughly $75,000 to $80,000 per resident per year — until they finish training at another academic medical center, according to the report. 

The program lost accreditation for its neurosurgery residency for a variety of reasons, which include a highly complex patient population and faculty turnover, Michael Richards, MD, UNM Health's vice chancellor for clinical affairs, told the Albuquerque Journal. Dr. Richards said the school hopes to make the changes necessary to earn back accreditation for the program. 

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