What do you consider most strongly when you look at an applicant?
We look at the whole applicant, but our first priority is the “mission fit.” This is a term we use to describe how well your personal mission fits with ours as an institution. We want residents with the sense of calling to give whole person care in an underserved, family medicine setting.
Secondly, we look for “personal fit,” which describes how your personality, medical acumen, life experiences, and goals interweave with our program.
Are there minimum USMLE score requirements?
No. We look at the entire application when considering an applicant for interviewing.
How many letters of recommendation do you require and does one of the letters need to be from a family physician?
Two letters of recommendation must be submitted with your application. Letters should be written within the last year and should include statements about your clinical fund of knowledge and skills.
Letters do not need to be from a family physician. The author should have directly observed you interacting with patients. We look for comments regarding attitude, work ethic, teamwork, compassion, teachability and professionalism.
May I fax or email additional information with my application?
No. Information that is sent through email, mail or fax will be discarded. All documentation must be submitted through ERAS.
Do you have a deadline to accept an application?
No. Interviews are only conducted through the end of December. Early application submission is strongly recommended.
If I have graduated medical school, but have not yet started residency, can I work in a physician’s office or clinic?
As a medical school graduate not in a training program, you cannot “moonlight” by working in a physician’s private office or clinic in the state of California.
Graduates unable to gain admission into an accredited training program cannot gain clinical experience by working in a physician’s private office or clinic as a trainee or “physician assistant.”
Graduates can be employed as a medical assistant in a physician’s office as long as they:
- Do not represent themselves as a medical doctor.
- Do not exceed the duties specified in B&P Code sections 2069-2071.
- Do not exceed the duties specified in Title 16, California Code of Regulations, sections 1366-1366.4.
Do you interview applicants who are international medical graduates (IMG)?
Yes. We consider all qualified applicants. Please refer to the Graduate Medical Education Office to see requirements for us to consider your application.
Do you require an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certificate for IMG applicants?
Yes. A valid certificate must be submitted with your ERAS® application. The CSA and English dates must be current for IMG applicants.
Can Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium Family Medicine Residency or Graduate Medical Education Office sponsor a VISA?
No. All applicants must have a legal right to work in the United States prior to our rank list submission. The Graduate Medical Education office (phone: 909-558-3131) is most accustomed to transferring an F1 (student) to a J1 VISA.
Do you have a USMLE Step score cutoff?
No. We consider all qualified applicants.
Do you have a medical school graduation cutoff?
Yes. Applicants must have graduated medical school in the past 5 years.
Do you offer observerships or rotations to outside medical students?
No. We receive too many student requests and to keep a fair process, we do not offer any observerships or rotations to outside medical students.