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.
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.