UNM Department of Pathology Residency Program: Life in New Mexico

  • Resident life in New Mexico

    Sunset in Carlsbad, NM

  • Resident life in New Mexico

    San Lorenzo Canyon, north of Socorro, NM

  • Resident life in New Mexico

    Skiing in Santa Fe, NM

  • Resident life in New Mexico

    White Sands National Monument

  • Resident life in New Mexico

    The Very Large Array, Socorro, NM

  • Resident life in New Mexico

    Taos Gorge, Taos, NM

  • Resident life in New Mexico

    Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM

  • Resident life in New Mexico

    Valle Grande, Jemez, NM

melody harrison

Dr. Harrison

Dr. Melody Harrison’s children may negotiate to stay in New Mexico, long after her Hematopathology Fellowship year is over. Her children loved “sledding” down the fine gypsum powder at White Sands National Monument, hiking along the forested Sandia Crest Trail at over 10,000 feet of altitude, and touring the Albuquerque Zoo, Aquarium and Botanic Garden. New Mexico’s sunny dry weather heightens their outdoor experiences. They look forward to riding the Sandia Tram close to their home and to snowboarding down the Sandia Peak Ski area this winter. Driving the Turquoise Trail state highway is a beautiful route to Santa Fe. Adventures in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are a weekend road trip away. Their future plans include riding the New Mexico Rail Runner Train to Santa Fe, hiking the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument trail through the slot canyon, and rising early to see 500 hot air balloons aloft during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Dr. Harrison recommends El Pinto Restaurant for New Mexican food and Dion’s for Pizza. Her husband savors the spicy green chile!

adriana sanchez

Dr. Sanchez

Dr. Adriana Sanchez is enthusiastic about New Mexico’s sunny, dry climate, affordable cost of living, and abundant activities for her children and husband. Their family enjoys playing golf on the verdant courses with spectacular mountain views, horseback riding at the Tamaya Hyatt Regency Resort, competing in local and state level tennis tournaments, swimming during the long summer days, and walking in the mountains. Their older son loves New Mexico, made new friends readily, and has already won his first tennis tournament. Dr. Sanchez emphasized that “There are many young families with numerous children in our neighborhood. New Mexico is so much more vibrant and youth-oriented, than the publicized retirement community portrays.” Dr. Sanchez enjoys El Pinto Restaurant’s atmosphere and New Mexican cuisine.

ben ramos

Dr. Ramos

Dr. Benjamin Ramos is keen on New Mexico’s mild, sunlit climate and quality of life for his family. In his first year of residency, Dr. Ramos was able to purchase a fine 3 bedroom home on the west mesa, with brilliant, watermelon-colored, sunset views of the Sandia Mountains. During the annual Balloon Fiesta, they can watch the vibrantly colored balloons drift by. The balloons come to them! Dog parks and kid parks are neighborhood highlights. Dr. Ramos raves about the hiking, biking, skiing and fishing opportunities in New Mexico. Dr. Ramos and his family were pleasantly surprised by the vegetarian restaurant options in Albuquerque and highly recommend the Thai Vegan restaurant and Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café.

casey bitting

Dr. Bitting

Dr. Casey Bitting relishes being outdoors with her family all year round in the abundant sunshine to garden, bicycle, hike, dine, practice yoga and relax at local festivals or restaurants with live guitar music. Dr. Bitting lives in Old Town and carries her pager in her pocket when she gardens with her best gardening assistant, her daughter. Her own fresh roses brighten her home. Their family walks to the Children’s Explora Museum, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Albuquerque Museum. They delight in taking visitors to the American International Rattlesnake Museum, which is the biggest collection of live rattlesnakes in the world! When they bicycle along the 14 mile Bosque trail, Dr. Bitting and her daughter sing together. Dr. Bitting is amazed by the creative, vibrant yoga scene in Albuquerque, with styles including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and hot yoga. Yoga simultaneously decreases Dr. Bitting’s stress and enhances her well-being with exercise in a spiritual setting. Dr. Bitting has joined Pathology faculty and residents for the top 60 hikes in New Mexico. Her family’s photographs keenly capture the beauty of White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. She happily dines at Seasons Rotisserie and Grill, Zacatecas Tacos and Tequila, Marcello’s Chophouse, Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse/Speakeasy, and Monroe's Restaurant. Red chile, posole with sopapillas and honey, and cucumber jalapeno margaritas will be remembered, long after Dr. Bitting departs New Mexico.

Useful links

Personal Enrichment: Quality of Life in Albuquerque and New Mexico

Albuquerque Museums and Attractions

National Parks and Monuments in New Mexico

State Parks in New Mexico

Native American Pueblos

Skiing and Snowboarding in New Mexico

New Mexico Attractions

Santa Fe Museums

Golf in New Mexico