LLUMC - Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship Training Program

Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC)

LLUMCLoma Linda University's Pulmonary/Critical Care Program uses two major teaching hospitals: Loma Linda University Medical Center and Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center (veterans hospital). A fully accredited medical school, Loma Linda graduates approximately 140 medical students each year, and approximately 80 residents receive training in the internal medicine department. The Medical Center, located 60 miles east of Los Angeles in a rapidly growing part of Southern California, serves San Bernardino and Riverside counties, including Palm Springs. Known as the greater Inland Empire, the area has a population of about seven million people. Loma Linda University is the major teaching and referral hospital for this area.

Pulmonary/critical care fellows spend one-third of their fellowship time at Loma Linda University Medical Center and two-thirds at the Veterans Hospital, a distance of less than one mile from LLUMC. These hospitals altogether account for over 700 beds. The pulmonary service directs medical intensive care units at both hospitals.

The pulmonary/critical care fellowship training program includes intensive experience in all procedures relevant to the fields of pulmonary and critical care medicine including pulmonary function and exercise testing, flexible bronchoscopy, placement of Swan-Ganz catheters and arterial lines, transthoracic needle biopsies, pleural biopsies, and thoracostomies. Outpatient pulmonary clinic experience continues throughout the fellowship to insure continuity of care.

The pulmonary/critical care division provides an excellent computer support system for respiratory care data acquisition in both the intensive care areas and the pulmonary and blood gas laboratories. Sophisticated pulmonary function testing including an exercise physiology laboratory is available in both hospitals. Fellows learn testing methodology, calibration of equipment, and quality control in both the routine and specialized pulmonary laboratory areas. An accredited sleep disorders center is directed by the pulmonary/critical care division and provides an opportunity for fellows to gain experience in sleep disorders medicine.

The pulmonary/critical care fellowship extends over a three-year period. During this time, approximately two years are devoted to clinical training and one year to basic or applied research. Assigned teaching responsibilities serve to prepare trainees for roles as clinical teachers. The program emphasizes the development of excellent consultative skills in pulmonary and critical care medicine by providing experience in the evaluation and management of a wide variety of problems common to the pulmonary/critical care specialty. A close working relationship between the faculty and trainees is maintained throughout the three-year program.

Learn about the program's stipends and benefits.

As a service to program directors and fellows, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) has developed a reference list that is posted online. This list is recommended reading that has been compiled by Robert Kempainen, MD, and colleagues at the University of Minnesota to meet ACGME requirements. It is reviewed by the ATS Training Committee, updated annually, and made available to everyone at http://www.thoracic.org/go/atsreadinglist.

Faculty

A number of board-certified pulmonary specialists serve as faculty in the pulmonary and intensive care medicine division at Loma Linda.

James D. Anholm, MD

Chief, Pulmonary Section, Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University; Director, Pulmonary Function and Blood Gas Laboratories, Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center.

David K. Bland, MD

Attending Physician, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University; Medical Director, Cardiopulmonary Section, Loma Linda University East Campus Hospital.

Gregory A. B. Cheek, MD

Attending Physician, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Loma Linda University; Director, Interventional Pulmonology, Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Nagamani Dandamudi, MD

Medical Director of Respiratory Care, Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University.

Ralph Downey, III, PhD

Sleep Disorders Center, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Loma Linda University.

Philip M. Gold, MD

Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, Loma Linda University; Director, Pulmonary Fellowship Program; Medical Director, Respiratory Care Department, Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Takkin Lo, MD, MPH

Attending Physician, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Loma Linda University; Director, Hyperbaric Medicine, Wound Service, and Medical Intensive Care Unit.

Kanwaljeet Maken, MD

Attending Physician, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Assistant
Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University.

H. Bryant Nguyen, MD

Attending Physician, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, Critical Care, Loma Linda University Medical Center

Hemal Parekh, MD

Attending Physician, Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center

Philip J. Roos, MD

Chief, Medical Service, Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center; Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University; Assistant Professor, Physiology, Loma Linda University.

Katja Ruh, MD

Attending Physician, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University.

N. Lennard Specht, MD

Staff Physician, Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University.

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Application

Please make note that we do not accept paper applications. They will only be received through the ERAS program. For submission of letters, CV, and all other paperwork, you will need to visit ERAS. For information on fellowships, click the link that reads, "For Fellow Applicants."

ERAS will allow you to begin your registration process around late November or early December, such as registering and completing your personal profile, etc.; however, they will not accept any paperwork submission until December 1, 2008. Our deadline for accepting the application packets will be February 16, 2009. Interviews for those selected will be scheduled April 13 and April 16(dates TBA, subject to change).

http://www.aamc.org/students/eras/start.htm

When submitting your application packet, please make sure it consists of the following:
  • Application
  • CV (must account for all time periods since medical school enrollment)
  • Personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Transcripts
  • Medical school diploma
  • USMLE scores (all three must be together, if any pending, please attach
    explanatory note)
  • ECFMG standard certificate (if applicable)
  • Two to four letters of recommendation
  • If previous training in pulmonary and critical care, letter from "program director" stating dates and location
  • Copy of VISA (if applicable)

For questions regarding the pulmonary and critical care fellowship program, please feel free to contact Dottie Acosta, Fellowship Coordinator, at .

Please send application packets through ERAS. For other correspondence, please mail to:
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Fellowship Program
Attn: Dottie Acosta
11234 Anderson Street, Room 1568
Loma Linda, CA 92354

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