From 1992 through 2000, the University of New Mexico School of Medicine changed its curriculum to increase the number of medical students choosing generalist residencies.
This project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Generalist Physician Initiative, which challenged schools of medicine to increase the supply of general internists, general pediatricians and family practitioners that they were training.
The school of medicine accomplished the following under the grant:
- Engaged medical students, residents and faculty as recruiters in rural areas.
- Added 18 primary care faculty, and required all medical students to participate in community and rural experiences.
- Increased ambulatory experiences for Internal Medicine residents, and increased the number of family medicine residents from 48 to 60.
- Required generalist residents to serve as primary care providers in the state's Medicaid managed care program and provide practice relief for physicians in 30 of the 33 counties in the state.