Loma Linda University Medical Center - Preventive Medicine Residency

Preventive Medicine Residency


Dear Doctor,

Welcome to the Loma Linda University Preventive Medicine Residency Program.  The need for preventive medicine specialists was never greater than now.  This is in contrast to many other medical specialties where there is an over supply of physicians.  Loma Linda University offers three years of residency, plus the possibility of post-residency fellowship in: addiction medicine and clinical preventive medicine. 

The PGY-1 clinical training is offered in cooperation with the Department of Internal Medicine and is a transitional year in which six months of general medicine with ward experience (e.g., internal medicine subspecialty experience in cardiology or gastroenterology) are combined with another six months of individualized electives arranged in consultation with the Preventive Medicine Residency program director.  Electives available include rotations in specialties such as pediatrics, emergency medicine, dermatology, psychiatry, etc.  All applications for the PGY-1 year are through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

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 stipend support during their training.  The practicum training is offered through the following affiliated institutions:


The Preventive Medicine Residency at Loma Linda University has been 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.  The program is fully accredited by the ACGME for PGY-1, 2, and 3.  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: LLU Medical Center, the local County Public Health Department, a VA medical center, a not-for-profit HMO, a for-profit HMO, a forensic psychiatric hospital, and community college student health clinics, etc.  The program offers combined four-year programs in cooperation with family practice and potentially other primary care specialties as residents' interests dictate.   In addition to this we also offer an addictions medicine fellowship (PGY-4).
The program works in coordination with the LLU occupational medicine residency program.  LLU offers a resident salary with benefits as well as some financial assistance towards the MPH degree. 

To see our current faculty & residents, click here.

Residency Application

We accept 4 residents per year. When all application documentation has been received, three personal interviews will be arranged for the applicant on a mutually convenient day.  More detailed information is available on the application page.

T. Allan Darnell, MD, MPH, MS
Program Director
Preventive Medicine Residency