Welcome to the UNM Department of Psychiatry Residency Program!

Pamela Arenella, M.D.
Pamela Arenella, M.D.
Residency Training Director


The primary purpose of our Psychiatry Training Program is the outstanding education and training of residents. Our program emphasizes training of providers who will become particularly adept at serving the unique demographic and socioeconomic needs of New Mexico, as well as those of the nation and individual areas of interest, including a well-rounded balance of neurobiological, epidemiological, psychological, and socio-cultural aspects of psychiatry.


Graduates of the UNM Psychiatry Residency Training Program will be prepared to fulfill and advance the role of psychiatry in an integrated healthcare system. Our resident trainees will be encouraged to provide compassionate, innovative, collaborative, knowledgeable and culturally sensitive care, and be prepared to engage fully in the evolving discipline of psychiatric medicine, both in New Mexico and beyond. With training in the most evince-based psychopharmacology, diverse psychotherapeutic interventions, culturally sensitive clinical care and research, we envision a UNM graduate will become:

  • An outstanding clinical psychiatrist
  • A compassionate director of rural behavioral health system
  • A researcher doing pioneering work in area of specialized interest
  • A leader in patient safety initiatives
  • A national expert in psychotherapy
  • An innovator in medical education