The dermatology resident program re-earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) – meaning medical school graduates have the chance to train in the specialty in New Mexico.

Dr. Martha Cole McGrew, executive vice dean for the UNM School of Medicine, said New Mexico needs more dermatologists to combat skin cancer and keep local students employed in the state.

“It means that now we can have students who go to medical school in New Mexico, stay here and match into the department of dermatology,” Cole McGrew said. “Which is fantastic, because it is one of the specialties around our state that is underrepresented.”