Preventive Medicine Residency Program
Welcome to the Loma Linda University Preventive Medicine Residency Program. The need for preventive medicine specialists was never greater than now. There is a large and increasing burden of important chronic diseases, particularly obesity and diabetes, in the United States. Healthcare costs continue to rise steeply, while measures of population health often lag. As a result, policy-makers are focusing on the need for effective approaches to keep individuals and populations healthy, to improve the quality of medical care, and to improve cost-effectiveness. The Affordable Care Act has brought increased attention and funding to prevention. Populations in developing countries around the world face the simultaneous challenges of diseases of poverty and diseases of affluence. Preventive medicine physicians, with their focus on prevention and population health, are well positioned to help face these challenges and lead efforts to improve the health of individuals and populations, both in the US and around the world.
At Loma Linda University (LLU), we seek to prepare competent preventive medicine physicians with tools to address the health of individuals and populations. We offer quality training in clinical preventive medicine and public health. We have particular interests in the areas of lifestyle medicine, global health, and whole-person care, and we seek to provide innovative training in these areas. LLU offers several types of training in preventive medicine. We offer two PGY-1 positions each year in Internal Medicine-Preliminary (Preventive Medicine Track). Residents selected for this PGY-1 year will subsequently complete two years (PGY-2 & 3) of General Preventive Medicine & Public Health training upon successful completion of the PGY-1 year. We offer two additional PGY-2 positions each year in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, for applicants who have already completed a suitable internship or prior residency in another specialty. These residents receive two years (PGY-2 & 3) of training in Preventive Medicine. We also offer four PGY-1 positions each year in an innovative four-year combined residency in Family Medicine & Preventive Medicine, leading to board eligibility in both specialties. In addition, we offer a one-year, post-residency fellowship in Addiction Medicine. Lastly, we also offer a two-year residency in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
PGY-1: Internal Medicine-Preliminary (Preventive Medicine Track)
The PGY-1 clinical training is offered through the Department of Internal Medicine and is a preliminary year in which inpatient medicine experience is combined with a variety of outpatient experiences, including training in preventive medicine and quality improvement and patient safety. All applications for the PGY-1 year are through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).
PGY-2&3: General Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Most LLU residents, after completing an ACGME approved clinical year, enter a two-year program involving an integrated academic and practicum phase. This combines didactic learning with practical experience and allows residents to receive salary support during their training. The practicum training is offered through Loma Linda University Medical Center facilities and through affiliated institutions.
The Preventive Medicine Residency at Loma Linda University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and fulfills the requirements for the certifying examination of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Loma Linda University is oriented toward clinical preventive medicine and has been a leader in this area for many years. The training incorporates a wide variety of experiences in several affiliated institutions including: the LLU Medical Center, the local County Public Health Department, a VA Medical Center, a not-for-profit HMO, a for-profit HMO, a Center for Health Promotion, and a Federally Qualified Health Center. LLU offers a resident salary with benefits as well as some financial assistance towards the MPH degree.