A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Curriculum

The Basic Science Years: 1 and 2

The first two years emphasize the study of the basic medical sciences, along with opportunities to apply basic science knowledge to patient care. Students are required to pass the USMLE Step I examination in order to be promoted to the junior year. Clinical training is provided in the following areas of medical practice: surgery, medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, family medicine, neurology, emergency medicine, intensive care, preventative medicine, and psychiatry.

The Clinical Instruction Years: 3 and 4

The clinical instruction during the junior and senior years takes place primarily at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center, Riverside County Regional Medical Center, and White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and Kettering Memorial Medical Center are also affiliated with the School of Medicine and are utilized for undergraduate and postgraduate clinical training.

Electives

Elective time is available for additional educational experience in the clinical and research areas, as well as international medical care and service. Students are also provided with opportunities for learning experiences in Christian physician formation which addresses theological, ethical, and interpersonal relationships relative to health care delivery.  Loma Linda University School of Medicine students benefit from a wide variety of medical facilities available in the area.

Curriculum Outline:

YEAR ONE

Summer

Fall

Winter

Spring

Orientation to Medicine
Introductory Material*
Hematology/Immunology
Cardiovascular*
Pulmonary*
Gastrointestinal*
Neuroscience
Evidence-Based Medicine
(Lecture & PBL)
Religion

Renal/Urinary Tract*
Special Senses & ENT*
Endocrine*
Reproductive*
Understanding Your Patient
Neuroscience
Evidence-Based Medicine (PBL)
Religion

Nutrition
Musculoskeletal*
Integumentary*
Genetics
Summary Material*
Understanding Your Patient
Neuroscience
Evidence-Based Medicine (PBL)
Religion

*Includes Biochemistry, Cell Biology & Histology, Embryology, Gross Anatomy, Physical Diagnosis, and Physiology

YEAR TWO

Summer

Fall

Winter

Spring

Introductory Material
Neoplasia
Cardiovascular*
Hematology/Immunology
Neuroscience
Psychopathology
Religion
Continuity Clinic
Microbiology
Preventive Medicine

Pulmonary*
Renal*
Gastrointestinal*
Endocrine*
Special Senses
Religion
Continuity Clinic
Microbiology
Preventive Medicine

Reproductive*
Musculoskeletal & Skin Genetics, Bioterrorism & Summary Material
Continuity Clinic
Microbiology
Preventive Medicine

*Includes Pathology, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology

YEAR THREE

Summer

Fall

Winter

Spring

Clinical Clerkships (required)

Surgery
(10 weeks)

Family Medicine (4 weeks)

Medicine
(10 weeks)

Psychiatry
(6 weeks)

Pediatrics
(8 weeks)

Electives
(2 weeks)

Obstetrics/Gynecology (6 weeks)

Neurology
(4 weeks)

Advanced Clinical Ethics (Integrated)

YEAR FOUR

Summer

Fall

Winter

Spring

Clinical Clerkships (required)

Intensive Care/Emergency Medicine (2 weeks each)

Preventive & Community Medicine (4 weeks)

Medical Response to Terrorism
(2 days)

Electives
(18-24 weeks)

Subinternships: Internal Medicine,  Surgery, Pediatrics, or Family Medicine
(4 weeks)