The pathology residency program at Loma Linda University offers well-rounded pathology education and training in a collegial, family-like Christian atmosphere. As a smaller university program, one of our department’s primary focuses is providing high quality education with sufficient flexibility to meet our residents’ individual training interests and scheduling needs, not just quickly finishing cases to retreat back to research laboratories. Our integrated AP/CP Residency Program provides comprehensive core training that ensures our residents maintain exposure to both AP and CP each year, building expertise in preparation for board exams and clinical practice.

Quick Facts

Residents in the program
Miles to beaches, mountains, and the desert
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Why Choose Loma Linda University Pathology Residency

  • Integrated AP & CP rotations throughout all 4 years
  • Unique rotating 4-day structure with protected preview time on Surgical Pathology rotation
  • Extensive grossing support & instruction by the Pathologists’ Assistant Program (only PA school in western U.S.)
  • New dedicated “boot camp” Surgical Pathology Orientation with direct, personalized training by the program directors
  • Competitive salary and benefits with a lower cost of living than other major metropolitan areas, while maintaining easy access to beaches, mountains, and the desert
  • Resident wellness and work/life balance are highly valued, with a dedicated Chief Wellness Resident position
  • We encourage interest in all types of practice settings, and our program excels in particular at preparing residents for private practice

Program Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Loma Linda University Health Pathology Residency Program! We are delighted to introduce you to our educational program. The principal goal of our program is to train our residents to become talented pathologists that ensures their ability to pursue a rewarding career in either academic pathology or private practice. Our residents are exposed to a diverse scope of clinical pathology that is truly unrivaled. The breadth of our curriculum allows us to provide our trainees with a unique range of experiences in both clinical and anatomic pathology. The exceptional clinical opportunities at LLUH coupled with our structured teaching and clinical programs foster the maturation of Loma Linda University Health pathology residents into excellent physicians.

The Loma Linda University Health Pathology Residency program is situated just south of the San Bernardino Mountains and serves as the largest Tertiary Care center in the Inland Empire, also providing the largest Children’s Hospital in the surrounding areas. Our diverse patient population provides our learners an incredible breadth and depth of pathology in areas including neuropathology, dermatopathology, renal pathology, pediatric pathology, and hematopathology. Our department has over 20 faculty with a wide range of subspecialty expertise in both clinical and anatomic pathology. We take pride in providing our residents with a diverse case mix in an educational environment that takes the residents learning as a primary goal of the department. We look forward to partnering with you on you journey to becoming a Pathologist!

Justin Kerstetter, MD

Justin Kerstetter, MD

Program Director

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Human Anatomy & Dermatology

Program Director, Department of Pathology