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Medical CenterEstablished in 1976, the Rheumatology Fellowship Program prepares competent caring specialists in rheumatology who are scientifically based in their approach toward patient care while capable of addressing a patient’s emotional and spiritual needs.   The program incorporates the mission statement of Loma Linda University which serves the medical needs of people around the world, and is committed to health promotion and education for all seeking medical care at the institution. 

VA HospitalFellows gain experience from four major medical centers in the Inland Empire.  A majority of inpatient consultations and fellow continuity clinics take place at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) throughout the two years of fellowship.  LLUMC is a 797 bed tertiary care center serving 33,000 inpatients annually.  Biweekly rheumatology clinics take place at the Loma Linda VA Medical Center and at our two county hospital affiliates, Riverside County Regional Medical Center and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.  The program offers a month rotation in pediatric rheumatology and orthopedics/rehabilitation. 

All fellows, rheumatology faculty, residents and students participate in a wide variety of regular conferences.  Faculty and fellows give weekly clinical and scientific lectures.  At least one case is selected for a weekly case conference. Fellows engage in robust discussion.  They discuss clinical presentation of diseases, differential diagnosis, and treatment plans for various rheumatologic disorders.  The bimonthly literature review conferences review recent rheumatology-related articles from leading clinical and scientific journals.  At the bimonthly radiology conferences, fellows demonstrate their ability to interpret x-rays under the supervision of the rheumatology faculty and a musculoskeletal radiologist. Other conferences include a weekly ultrasound workshop, monthly research and medical quality conferences, a monthly orthopedic-rheumatology conference, and quarterly nephrology and dermatology conferences.

The program offers diverse opportunities for research in both basic and clinical sciences. Fellows have published papers and presented abstracts with the active mentorship of clinical and basic science faculty.  They also participate in clinical trials as sub-investigators.  With collaboration with the Schools of Public Health, and Psychology, and with other postgraduate medical training programs, rheumatology fellows can develop research interests with leading faculty in other departments. 

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The program accepts applications only through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) and all applicants must participate in the National Resident Matching Program.  Three letters of recommendation and a letter from the applicant’s internal medicine residency program director are required for the application to be considered complete.  A program director’s evaluation summary, California Medical License and DEA are required prior to the beginning of fellowship. The deadline for applications is August 31st, and interviews are held from mid-September through October. 

For further questions, please contact Dottie Acosta at 909-558-4911 or e-mail

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Rheumatology Fellowship Program
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Attn: Dottie Acosta
11234 Anderson Street, Room 1533
Loma Linda, CA 92354