Frequently asked questions (FAQs) by applicants

Is Loma Linda a religious institution?

Yes. Loma Linda University Medical Center is a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian institution. LLU promotes a healthy lifestyle for its staff and patients keeping with the traditions of the Adventist church. Most importantly it utilizes a whole person care approach to the practice of medicine caring not only for the physical but also the emotional and spiritual needs of our patients.

How will I notice the Adventist traditions in the hospital?

You will observe these in various aspects of the program ranging from the vegetarian cafeteria at the university hospital to the value that the attendings and other staff place on each and every patient they have.

Does it matter that I'm not Adventist?

Not at all. Loma Linda wholeheartedly accepts residents and staff from all backgrounds and religious beliefs making it a very comfortable work environment.

So why did you choose Loma Linda?

The way I thought about it when choosing a residency program is that any university based program will give you the opportunity to do research, compete for fellowships, and develop into a fully accomplished clinician, and Loma Linda is no exception. Where Loma Linda stands apart is it will also help you develop the tools to care for every aspect of your patients' health. This is an invaluable skill that you can use with every patient in every situation for the rest of your career. - Adam Dunn, MD Cardiology Fellow and IM Residency Graduate

What is the difference between Primary Care Track and Categorical Track?

The primary care track provides unique and comprehensive training for those who plan careers in primary care general internal medicine. Our goal is to train highly competent, socially responsible general internists skilled in the contemporary methods of primary care. While maintaining the traditional core of training in internal medicine, the primary care track emphasizes the role of the internist as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.

The primary care track supplements the traditional track in several ways. First, the curriculum emphasizes rotations in outpatient geriatrics, adolescent medicine, psychiatry, dermatology, community resources, managed care, and women's health. The curriculum also includes conferences on primary care topics and ambulatory case presentations. Second, elective opportunities are extended beyond the traditional subspecialty rotations to include addiction medicine, allergy and immunology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and women's health. Third, the continuity care clinic experience is extended to include two clinics per week on non-call rotations. In general, the ambulatory care experience emphasizes preparation for the practice of integrated, whole-person, primary care. Residents learn ambulatory procedural skills such as flexible sigmoidoscopy, skin biopsies, and medical gynecology in order to prepare them for the delivery of comprehensive primary care. The primary care tract has a fewer call and ward rotations to allow the extended ambulatory curriculum.

Can I apply to both the Categorical Track and the Primary Care Track?

Yes, you may list both programs on your match list. There is no penalty.

Do you have a "night float"?

Yes, all three institutions have a "night float" system for their Inpatient Ward services. The system varies at each institution.

Does Loma Linda University accept applications from graduates of international medical schools?

  • Loma Linda University has a very competitive residency program, and we recognize that many outstanding physicians come from all over the world. We will review completed applications and are looking for well-trained and highly qualified individuals. We do accept international graduates. There is no specific minimum score requirement for USMLE scores, but usually international medical graduates offered interviews in the recent years have had competitive board scores.

  • Requirements for completion of the application include Standard Documentation.

    • In addition, International Graduates will require:
      • "Postgraduate training authorization" letter from the Medical Board of California (MBC) dated within the past year, indicating acceptance of their medical education in meeting MBC requirements and eligibility to commence postgraduate training in California, should a position be offered.
      • ECFMG Standard Certificate with valid date
      • Scores for examinations used to qualify for the ECFMG Certificate.
  • All applicants must possess a valid work permit prior to the date the rank order list is submitted to the matching program or prior to a position being offered. This includes United States citizenship, permanent residency, eligibility for a J-1 visa sponsored by ECFMG, or an H1-B visa for study of medicine in an accredited United States medical school.

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