Mission, Vision, & GoalS


The mission of Medicos de El Centro Family Medicine Residency is to train well rounded family medicine doctors to provide high quality health care to a medically vulnerable and underserved population in northern New Mexico. Physicians will learn to provide care and advocacy in a rural environment partnering with patients to overcome economic, literacy, transportation, and language challenges.


The vision of Medicos de El Centro Family Medicine Residency is to bring graduate physician training to the communities of greatest need in New Mexico. Physicians who are well prepared for these underserved settings will thrive, improving patient health care outcomes, access, and experience.


The goal of Medicos de El Centro Family Medicine Residency is to build on a foundation of diversity, equity, integrity, respect, and compassion. Patient-centered care should be delivered with honesty and compassion regardless of ability to pay. Social, behavioral, and medical health all contribute to patient wellbeing and require nurturing care in an interdisciplinary setting.

Diversity Statement

Our program reflects the unique ethnic, cultural, social, and economic diversity of Rio Arriba County, the City of Española, and surrounding villages. We believe that a multicultural community adds valuable perspective to intellectual discourse and academic development and leads to excellence in patient care, education, and research. It is our responsibility to use our resources and positions of privilege to enhance the voices of the vulnerable and marginalized in our society.  Medicos de El Centro will demonstrate this commitment specifically in the following areas:
  • Infrastructure: Integrating representative community voices to reflect the region’s diversity in decision making.
  • Recruitment: Striving to recruit a diverse faculty and resident applicant pool; including efforts to utilize holistic applicant criteria, with a well-trained and diverse interview team. Further developing pipeline programs such as (Semillas de Salud) to expose medical education to those traditionally underrepresented in medicine.
  • Retention: Supporting attendance at programs to help new and existing faculty members and residents achieve success in their careers.  Mentoring residents and exposing them to faculty development, community leadership, and teaching responsibilities. Encouraging feedback and evaluation regarding program biases and structural racism.
  • Measurements: Tracking and reporting metrics on diversity, utilizing spontaneous feedback, surveys, and other research tools to create to gather information and measure success periodically.
  • Wholistic or Team Care:  Including a broad range of practitioners and community/patient advocates in a team approach to ensure that clinical care is provided within the context of the diverse needs of the patients.