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Loma Linda University School of Medicine

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This medical school, like its parent body, Loma Linda University, is owned and operated by the SeventhDay Adventist Church. It was founded in 1909. The campus includes basic science facilities and a Medical Center. The school is located inland not far from Los Angeles. The curriculum of the university is approved by LCME.


4-year semitraditional. First year: Consists of gross anatomy, courses entitled You and Your Patient, Information Science and Population-based Medicine, neuroscience, physical diagnosis, Cell Structure and Function, Medical Applications of the Basic Sciences. Students take biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics. Second year: Consists of physiology, microbiology, pathology, psychopathology, and physical diagnosis. Third year: Consists of 4- to 12-week rotations through the standard required clerkships plus family medicine, as well as a 4-week orientation to clinical medicine. Fourth year: This year includes 2 major specialty subinternships plus experience in emergency medicine, intensive care, neurology, and preventive medicine, as well as up to 22 weeks of electives. A unique feature of this school is the special interest in the student’s professional growth. This approach to “whole-person” development involves both the faculty of medicine and religion.

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Minority admissions: The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, or handicap. Other degree programs: MD-MS and MD-PhD programs are available.


Required are the minimum premedical science courses plus English. The MCAT also is required. Preference is shown to members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, but it is a firm policy of the admissions committeetoadmiteachyearanumberofnon-church-related applicants who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Christian principles. Applicants are sought who have critical judgment, demonstrate problem-solving skills, and are independent thinkers. After receipt of the AMCAS application, each applicant is requested to submit a supplementary application and arrange that the medical school receive a preprofessional evaluation and/or letters of recommendation from their undergraduate college. Invitations for an interview are extended to selected applicants both at the medical school campus and various sites throughout the country. Transfer and advanced standing: Accepted into the junior year if space is available, compelling reasons exist, and Step 1 of the USMLE has been successfully completed.


Students are evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis; however, class ranks are determined on a percentile system. Passing Step 1 of the USMLE is required for promotion to clinical clerkships. Obtaining a total passing score on Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE is required for promotion to the third year and graduation after the fourth year, respectively. Teaching: School is located on the university campus. Clinical teaching takes place at University Hospital (500 beds) and several affiliated hospitals. Other: A medium-scale, general-purpose computer facility serves the students and faculty of the university in instructional and research functions. Library: Medical and related fields make up more than half of the holdings of the Del Webb Memorial Library located on campus.

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