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Neurology Residency Program

The Neurology Residency Program at Loma Linda University Medical Center offers an outstanding training program in clinical neurology where residents become well-trained and competent clinicians, qualified to practice neurology or to move into fellowship.

Our neurologists are experienced clinicians with a variety of styles, each with a strong commitment to teaching. Residents are exposed to a wide variety of experiences through our private University Medical Center with its subspecialty faculty practices, as well as the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In addition, our sunny Southern California location is a desirable one, making the time spent outside of the teaching program enjoyable.


Program Overview

Adult neurology is an integrated program for post graduate years 1 through 4. The first post-graduate year (PGY-1) includes rotations in:

•    Internal Medicine
•    Emergency Medicine
•    Rehabilitation
•    Neurosurgery
•    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 LLUMC 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. A senior neurology resident is also on service during the first two months of this year. Later in the year the PGY-2 neurology residents assume supervisory roles over interns and medical students.

The third post graduate year (PGY3) is spent largely on electives, clinic subspecialties, EMG, epilepsy and a few months of inpatient rotation. Participation in the neuroscience course is required during PGY-3 and 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 LLUMC or the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Additional rotations are done in:

•    Neuropathology
•    Psychiatry
•    Child Neurology
•    Clinical Neurophysiology
•    Any 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 diagnoses being cared for over a long term.

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


Program Features

•    Accessible and supportive attending physicians
•    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
•    $500 allowance per year for educational expenses
•    Financial support for lodging and travel to national neurology meetings when resident presents poster/research
•    Free membership to American Academy of Neurology
•    Free subscription to Neurology journal
•    Free membership to the Drayson Center (recreation center)
•    House Staff Office (HSO) financial support for medical license 

Conferences

Loma Linda’s Department of Neurology has a strong commitment to resident teaching. Each month, there are a wide variety of teaching conferences available to the neurology resident. 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 LLLUMC and the Veterans Medical Center. There is opportunity to give formal lectures to the senior medical students during their neurology clerkship.


Research

The Department of Neurology has a Clinical Research Center that organizes neurology clinical trials in multiple subspecialty areas.  As the only university-based tertiary care center in the Inland Empire, LLUMC has a catchment area that is not in direct competition with the Southern California coastal centers (Los Angeles to San Diego). The Neurology Clinical Research Center combines clinicians with special interests in study design and in the specific neurologic conditions to be studied with dedicated coordinating and support personnel.

Participation in a research project, usually done as a clinical research project, is required during the training program.
Residency Positions and 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.


Affiliated Hospitals

Neurology residents rotate at LLUMC, Jerry L. Pettis Veterans Administration Medical Center and affiliated clinics.

Residency Application

Applications are accepted through ERAS. To apply to LLUMC’s Neurology Program, complete and submit your application through Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS) . Refer to the ERAS Timelines and Deadlines for further details

.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.
(909) 558-4907
(909) 558-0207 fax


The Department of Neurology offers diagnostic studies and evaluation procedures to accurately identify the treatment that bests suits your specific needs. Our procedures include:

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