Radiology residency program
Among the many investments made by the Department of Radiology at Loma Linda University Medical Center--in modern technology, medical expertise, and highly skilled technologists -- the most important investments are those we place in people: the individuals we serve and who serve with us. Through them, we invest in the future.
The department's primary concern is for the quality of care we provide our patients. The sections within the department of radiology are uniquely dedicated to this goal; each is staffed by fully certified physicians, specialists, and subspecialists, as well as by physicists, technologists, and support personnel. Both our diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology staff make patient care their highest priority. We also place high priority on training excellent radiologists, which includes participation in original scholarly activities.
The department of radiology offers a structured, broad-based residency training program in diagnostic radiology. Over 270,000 radiologic examinations a year are performed. The radiology group is exceptionally cohesive and enjoys excellent relationships with referring specialty practice groups within the University. Residents are exposed to the academic and clinical practice of radiology, with the ultimate goal being the successful completion of boards and subsequent escellence in the practice of radiology, whether in the private or the academic setting.
Loma Linda University Medical Center is the hub of a worldwide network of 600 hospitals and health care institutions operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The facility has a 797-bed capacity, providing care for over 33,000 patients annually. This includes the adjacent Children's Hospital. These complement a faculty outpatient practice, which schedules more than 650,000 outpatient appointments annually. The Medical Center's 11 floors accommodate modern facilities which offer more than 300 distinct medical services. The Medical Center also houses research laboratories, outpatient clinics, class and conference rooms, amphitheaters, and a comprehensive medical library.
Loma Linda University Medical Center is the only regional level-1 trauma center and the only university medical center serving four California counties -- roughly 25% of California. Dual heliports for air ambulances enable the Medical Center to provide rapid aid to patients needing tertiary care from remote areas. Patients are served in nine intensive care units, which include surgery, neurosurgery, thoracic care, cardiac care, respiratory care, neonatal care, pediatric care, pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, and trauma care. The 72-bed neonatal intensive care unit is one of the largest in the United States.
A world-renowned infant heart transplantation team, the osteoporosis research laboratory, and the Children's Hospital have often brought Loma Linda University Medical Center to the public's attention. With the construction of the unique, hospital-based proton accelerator, Loma Linda University Medical Center has also become an international focal point for cancer treatment and research. The proton accelerator project brings a tremendous influx of oncologic diagnostic imaging to the Department of Radiology.
Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veteran's Medical Center is a 110-bed facility and is located less than one mile from Loma Linda University Medical Center. It is among the most modern of health care facilities in the Veterans Administration. To fulfill its threefold mission of patient care, research, and teaching, the Veterans Medical Center has been equipped with modern diagnostic and support equipment. Medical research programs have been allocated over 40,000 square feet of space, and an active affiliation is maintained with the Loma Linda University medical and dental schools.
Radiology residents spend 40 of their 48 months at various subspecialty rotations at Loma Linda University Medical Center or the adjacent Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. Four months will be spent at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, three months at the large faculty outpatient clinic, and one month at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.
While on rotations, residents are responsible for initially viewing examinations and formulating impressions. As residents progress, they rotate through the more specialized services, such as interventional radiology and neuroradiology. Here, residents work up patients, observe, and become progressively more involved as they obtain exposure, experience, and increasing competence. All procedures are done with direct attending staff supervision, with the goal of the resident eventually performing the procedure with staff supervision, but without staff intervention, in all but the most complicated cases.
The department supports a dedicated and well-stocked radiology library which is continuously and systematically updated. There is a Radiology Learning Center, expressly designed for supplemental resident teaching. In addition to the American College of Radiology learning files, this center provides residents with access to computers having interactive teaching CDs, laser video discs, and videotapes covering all aspects of radiology. Fiberoptic Internet access is also provided.
University of California, San Francisco 1996-1997 University of Florida, Gainsville 1997-1998 Harbor UCLA 2000-2001 University of California, San Francisco 2000-2001 Duke University 2001-2002 University of California, San Francisco 2001-2002 Brigham & Women's 2002-2003 University of California, San Francisco 2002-2003 University of California, Los Angeles 2002-2003 University of California, San Francisco 2003-2004 University of California, San Francisco 2003-2004 Beth-Israel Deaconess (Harvard) 2003-2004 Johns Hopkins 2004-2005 University of California, San Francisco 2004-2005 University of California, San Francisco 2004-2005 Stanford 2004-2005 Stanford 2004-2005 University of California, Irvine 2006-2007 Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale 2006-2007 University of California, San Francisco 2006-2007 Massachusetts General Hospital 2008-2009
University of California, San Diego 1996-1997 University of California, San Diego 2004-2005
Stanford University 1997-1998 Barrow Neurologic Institute 1997-1999 University of Utah 2001-2003 University of Southern California 2006-2007 University of Pennsylvania 2007-2008
UCLA 1996-1997 University of California, San Francisco 2000-2001
Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Oregon Health Science University 1996-1997 Oregon Health Science University 1997-1998 Medical College of Wisconsin 1997-1998 Medical College of Wisconsin 1998-1999 Baylor (Dallas) 2000-2001 Thomas Jefferson 2002-2003 University of California, San Diego 2003-2004 University of North Carolina 2005-2006 Massachusetts General Hospital 2006-2007 University of Pennsylvania 2007-2008 Baylor (Dallas) 2008-2009 University of California, San Francisco 2008-2009
UCLA 1997-1998 UCLA 1999-2000 UCLA 1999-2000 Indiana University 2006-2007 University of Pennsylvania 2008-2009
University of California, San Diego 2002-2003
Massachusetts General Hospital 2007-2008
Residents are expected to participate in a mentored research project during their second and third years. They may choose their own project or assist on numerous faculty projects. This may consist of submitting a case report for possible publication, involvement in a prospective randomized trial, or even performing research in a small animal imaging laboratory. Aid in planning research studies as well as statistical help is available within the department.
- All residents are provided health, disability, life, and malpractice insurance.
- All residents receive four weeks of vacation yearly. Also, all residents are allowed one week to attend a radiology convention or review course (at their expense) -- this does not count against vacation time. Residents are given a modest stipend to attend a meeting their 4th year.
- Residents who present a paper at a national meeting will be able to attend that meeting at departmental expense.
- Any resident who is first author on a paper accepted for publication in a referred journal will receive a $1,000 bonus; a case report is worth $500.
- All residents attend the four-week Radiologic Pathology Correlation Course in Washington, D.C. The $1,500 registration fee will be paid for each resident, along with continuing their usual stipend and benefits. However, travel and living expenses are the responsibility of the residents.
- An additional stipend for extra in-hospital evening resident duty coverage is available.
- Residents do not take independent call their first 12 months and any call their last six months.
- Residents have two elective months during their four-year residency. These are usually scheduled just prior to written and oral board examinations.
- Covered parking is available at no cost to all residents.
- Residents have free unlimited access to Drayson Center, a recreation complex on the LLU campus. This state-of-the-art facility was completed in 1995, and boasts extensive aerobic and weight-training equipment, three full-size indoor basketball courts, two running tracks (one indoor and one outdoor), five racquetball courts, an indoor climbing wall, two large heated swimming pools, four softball fields, six lighted tennis courts, and two lighted volleyball courts. One of the pools has a 22-foot high, 150-foot water slide.
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The Inland Empire is the crossroads of Southern California. The beaches of Newport, Laguna, and Malibu are 60-90 minutes to the west, with their superb swimming, sunning, surfing, and sailing. Also, 60 minutes to the west is downtown Los Angeles, where one can enjoy fabulous restaurants, world-renowned museums, opera, theater, and endless cultural opportunities. Sports fans will enjoy attending Angels, Dodgers, Clippers, Lakers, Kings, and Mighty Ducks games, as well as the California Speedway featuring NASCAR and CART racing events.
Loma Linda University Medical Center diagnostic radiology residency program accepts applications through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). Medical students receive the ERAS student packet sometime in June of their junior year. Medical school graduates may request one from the dean's office of their graduating institution. ERAS will begin transmitting applications to our program in August of each year. Our application deadline is the end of November of each year, with interviews following in January for positions starting 18 months later. The preceding one-year clinical training may be taken here or at any other qualified institution. From each applicant pool we seek to fill nine positions.
Douglas C. Smith, MD, program director
c/o: Penny Thomas, program coordinator
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Department of Radiology, 2605 Schuman Pavilion
11234 Anderson St.
Loma Linda, CA 92354