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Neurology Residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center

 

Welcome to the Neurology Residency Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center.  We believe that we have an outstanding training program in clinical neurology.  Upon completion of the residency, you will be a well-trained and competent clinician, qualified to practice neurology or to move into fellowship.

Our neurologists are capable and experienced clinicians with a variety of styles, each with a strong commitment to teaching.  A private University Medical Center with its subspecialty faculty practices, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center provide a wide variety in learning and experience.  Because of the strong clinical emphasis and because the faculty and residents work closely together, our program has developed a strong commitment from the residents and a sense of camaraderie is felt.  The curriculum is organized to give the best possible teaching, not merely to “cover the hospitals".

Our location in sunny Southern California is an enviable one and makes the time spent outside of the teaching program enjoyable.  We invite you to come see the program, meet the residents, and decide for yourself on the advantages of our Neurology Residency Program.

Laura Nist, MD Program Director

The Neurology Residency Program

Adult neurology is an integrated PGY1-4 program.
The first year (PGY-1) includes rotations in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery and Neurology.

The first full year of adult neurology training (PGY-2) consists of ward rotations, neuroradiology, clinical neurophysiology, and clinic.  The ward rotations are at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Administration Medical Center neurology services.On both of these services, the resident is responsible for inpatient admissions and consults and is exposed to a wide variety of neurologic disorders.  During this time the residents progressively develop their diagnostic skills and clinical acumen.  During the first two months of this year, a senior neurology resident is also on service.Later in the year the PGY-2 neurology residents assume supervisory roles over interns and medical students.

The third year (PGY-3) is spent largely on electives, clinic subspecialties, EMG, epilepsy  with a few months of inpatient rotation.  Participation in the neuroscience course is required during PGY-3.  This involves leading teaching groups in neuroscience to first and second year medical students.

During the last year (PGY 4), the resident serves as senior resident supervising the neurology service at either the Veterans Administration Medical Center or Loma Linda University Medical Center.  Additional rotations are done in neuropathology, psychiatry, child neurology, clinical neurophysiology and chosen electives.

Throughout the entire neurology residency, there are two weekly outpatient clinics in which the resident sees both new and return patients.  This enables the resident to be experienced in outpatient neurology with multiple diagnosis being cared for over a long term.

At least four months elective time to be used at the resident’s discretion are provided.

Conferences

There is a strong commitment to resident teaching and a wide variety of teaching conferences are available to the neurology resident each month.  A weekly Neuroscience Grand Rounds involves neuroradiology presentation of interesting cases of the week, or presentations by Neurology, Child Neurology, or the Clinical Pathologic Correlation Conference (CPC).

A neurophysiology conference, with emphasis on EEG interpretation, occurs every other week.  EMG conference occurs weekly.  Twice monthly, a clinical neurologic conference occurs with interesting live patient presentations at the Veterans Administration Medical Center.  One monthly Journal Club invites participation by residents and attending staff alike with a critical review of the literature.  One monthly meeting reviews practice parameters on a specific topic.  

The neurology resident is given frequent opportunity to build teaching skills by giving conferences for both neurology and Internal Medicine services at Loma Linda University Medical Center and the Veterans Medical Center.  There is opportunity to give formal lectures to the senior medical students during their neurology clerkship.

Residency Positions & Requirements

The Department of Neurology at Loma Linda University offers three neurology residency positions.  Three positions per year are available for a categorical (PGY1-4) residency.

The ACGME core curriculum for all residents is required through a web based curriculum.

Benefits

See LLUMC Resident benefits at: http://lomalindahealth.org/medical-center/for-health-professionals/residency/stipend-and-benefits.page?

Benefits Specific For Neurology Residents:

Each neurology resident is provided with an allowance of $500 per year to cover continuing education-related materials and activities, such as book purchases or conference expenses.  Membership to the American Academy of Neurology and subscription to the journal, Neurology, are provided. In addition, the House Staff Office has funds available, to cover the cost of a medical license and other educational items.

Affiliated Hospitals

Neurology residents rotate at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Jerry L. Pettis Veterans Administration Medical Center and affiliated clinics with each.

Applications & Questions

Applications are accepted through ERAS.  If you have questions regarding information about the Neurology Residency Program at Loma Linda University, contact us

LLU Neurology Residency Program

11175 Campus Street

CP-11108

Loma Linda, California, 92354.

Phone - (909)558-4907

Fax - (909)558-0207

Program Features:

  • Available and supportive attendings
  • Daily teaching rounds
  • Continuity clinic with resident as the patients’ neurologist throughout training
  • Half day per week didactic time for lectures
  • Computer access to internet throughout hospital and clinics
  • Computer access to hospital system from home
  • Financial support for lodging and travel to national neurology meetings when resident present poster/research
  • Free membership to American Academy of Neurology
  • Free subscription to Neurology journal
  • Free membership to the Drayson Center (recreation center)
  • HSO financial support for medical license, DEA.