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Neurology Residency Program

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 opportunities and experience. Because of the strong clinical emphasis and because the faculty and residents work closely together, our program has developed a strong commitment to education 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


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 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, subspecialty clinics, 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 diagnoses being cared for over a long term.

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


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 and clinical neurophysiology conferences occur 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 medical students during their neurology clerkship.


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, we have a catchment area, which 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 & Requirements

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


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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 and 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. (909) 558-4907 (909) 558-0207 - Fax

Program Features

  • Available and supportive attendings
  • Daily teaching rounds
  • Continuity clinic with resident as the patients’ neurologist throughout training
  • Scheduled weekly didactic time for lectures
  • Computer access to internet throughout hospital and clinics
  • Computer access to hospital system from home
  • $500 per year for educational expenses
  • 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.

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

Loma Linda University Health Care, Department of Neurology Faculty Medical Offices
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Loma Linda, CA 92354
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Loma Linda, CA 92354
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28078 Baxter Road, Suite 510
Murrieta, CA 92563
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1401 North Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 103
Palm Springs, CA 92622
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The Department of Neurology physicians specialize in neurological conditions. Our physicians have many years of experience, specialty certifications and have earned competencies required to diagnose and treat complex neurological disorders across a wide range of subspecialties. They are committed to delivering care that results in the best possible patient outcomes.
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