By Hillary Angel - February 7, 2023

Loma Linda University School of Medicine students now have the opportunity to spend their clinical years at AdventHealth Orlando thanks to a new regional campus partnership. Through the agreement, medical students can select the Florida-based healthcare system for their required clinical rotations during their third and fourth years of education leading to a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. 

The Loma Linda University School of Medicine – AdventHealth Orlando Campus offers medical students the opportunity to train in Central Florida to diversify their clinical education across a variety of patient care settings and environments.

“A cohort of students are learning in a setting that shares similar visions and common values with an emphasis on whole-person care just like Loma Linda University Health,” said Tamara Thomas, MD, dean of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. 

Medical students training at AdventHealth Orlando will follow core curriculum of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and will complete their medical education under the supervision of AdventHealth Orlando faculty.

“We have a long-standing relationship with AdventHealth, and the Orlando location is an additional rotational site for students to spend their clinical years learning from a diverse group of providers and researchers, including many of whom are alumni,” said Elaine Hart, MD, assistant dean of regional campuses at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Regional campuses are becoming more common as medical schools and healthcare organizations recognize the partnership benefits of training the next generation of physicians. The campuses boost enrollment and help increase the workforce in that region.

“There is strong interest and enthusiasm to learn and participate in medical care in Central Florida,” said George Everett, MD, assistant dean of Loma Linda University School of Medicine – AdventHealth Orlando Campus. “Students will learn in a large hospital system that offers advanced medical research and exceptional primary and specialty care to a diverse patient population.”
AdventHealth Orlando is a major tertiary and quaternary referral hospital for much of the Southeast, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The facility has several residency and fellowship programs already in place, with additional programs set to launch soon. Residencies in OBGYN and orthopedics will admit their first classes in July.
According to an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) study, the U.S. could see an estimated shortage of primary care physicians between 17,800 and 48,000 and non-primary care specialties of between 21,000 and 77,100 physicians by 2034.  Other key findings state that the U.S. population is projected to grow by 10.6%, with a projected 42.4% increase in those aged 65 and above over the next decade, which will create an increased demand for physician specialties that predominately care for older Americans.

Students applying or accepted to Loma Linda University School of Medicine who are interested in spending their third and fourth year at a regional campus such as AdventHealth Orlando may indicate their preference in their secondary application.  

Loma Linda University School of Medicine is a private Seventh-day Adventist medical school in Loma Linda, California. Since 1909, the medical school has graduated over 11,500 skilled physicians and trains over 800 future physicians and scientists annually. Loma Linda University School of Medicine is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). For programs and admissions, visit