LLU Gastroenterology

Leaders in Digestive Disease



Dear applicant,

Thank you for expressing interest in the gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship program at Loma Linda University Medical Center. The hospital is a 650-bed facility offering a comprehensive training ground for a wide variety of residencies and subspecialty fellowships. The fellowship is also associated with the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital in Loma Linda, a 435-bed facility, and Riverside County Regional Medical Center, a 439-bed facility. You may learn more about Loma Linda University Medical Center and the surrounding area on our web site.

The gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship is a 3-year program and accepts 3 applicants per year. Click here to see our current fellows. The program is divided as shown in the table below.




4 months GI consult service at LLUMC

4 months research

4 months advanced procedures at LLUMC

4 months GI consult service at VAMC

4 months elective

4 months research/advanced procedures at VAMC

4 months transplant hepatology at LLUMC

2 months consultative hepatology

2 months consultative hepatology


2 months GI consult service at RCRMC

2 months GI consult service at RCRMC

GI consult service at LLUMC

Consists of inpatient gastroenterology consultations, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, and outpatient procedures.

GI consult service at VAMC and RCRMC

Consists of inpatient gastroenterology and hepatology consultations, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, and outpatient procedures.

Transplant hepatology at LLUMC

Consists of inpatient transplant hepatology consultations, involvement on the transplant hepatology inpatient service, and outpatient clinics at the Loma Linda University Transplant Institute.


Provides an opportunity for additional training in capsule endoscopy, motility/manometry/impedence, nutrition, radiology, pathology, and pediatric gastroenterology.

Advanced procedures at LLUMC and VAMC

Abililty to train in advanced therapeutic endoscopy including ERCP, stenting, single-balloon enteroscopy, cystgastrostomy, achalasia balloon dilations, radiofrequency ablation, and pancreatic necrosectomy.


This provides dedicated time to allow participation in any one of our NIH-sponsored, or other research projects. Publications and presentations at national meetings are encouraged. Our faculty and fellows have published in major textbooks and journals, and have been invited to speak at national and international lectures. Faculty also currently serve on editorial board memberships, as well as section editor and author for Uptodate.

" All fellows are expected to attend and participate in conference. Every Wednesday morning, a fellows conference is held to prepare for boards. Conferences are also held Thursday evening and Friday mornings covering a comprehensive spectrum of topics.

" Call is evenly divided among the nine fellows throughout the 3 year fellowship. Generally, each fellow is assigned 6 weekend shifts per year, with 22-23 weekday shifts per year.

We are confident that you will enjoy your fellowship experience at Loma Linda University Medical Center. We offer the unique opportunity to train at 3 different clinical settings (private insurance, veterans, and county hospital) which will expose you to a rich variety of pathology. Our faculty members are experienced and dedicated to the growth of our fellows, many whom have gone on to pursue careers in both private practice and academia.

A California medical license is required prior to beginning residency training at Loma Linda. All applicants must participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Applications for the National Resident Matching Program can be obtained by writing the National Resident Matching Program, 2501 M Street, NW, Suite 1, Washington, DC 20037-1307, or by calling (202) 828-0676.

Photocopies of documentation are acceptable during the application process, however, an applicant who is accepted for training must provide ORIGINAL or CERTIFIED COPY (certifying document is an exact copy of the original) of all documentation shown with * below. Original documentation may be presented to the LLUMC House Staff Office.

The fellowship program accepts applications through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). The application and all supporting documents must be submitted to ERAS. The following items are necessary for completion of the application:

  • *Dean's letter
  • A complete curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Two letters of reference from physicians currently acquainted with applicant
  • *Medical School transcript(s)
  • Copy of scores for each examination taken
  • Medical School Diploma and translation if not in English
  • Reference letter from program director for each prior training program

If you are an international medical graduate, please submit the following in addition to those items listed above:

  • ECFMG certificate with current validation date
  • *Medical Board of California Postgraduate Training Evaluation Status Letter dated within the last six months must be provided prior to beginning program.

Applicants with Previous U.S. training, practice experience, or Medical Staff Membership/Privileges must provide the following documentation:

  • Copy of California Medical License, if licensed
  • *Letter of good standing from licensing board of any state where licensed
  • *Letter from Medical Staff Office of any facility where staff privileges have been held

ERAS accepts up to seven letters, including two recommendation letters and those from each previous training program. Applications received in our office by January 17, 2011 will be considered for the 2012 academic year. Following a review of your application, we will contact you sometime after the January 17, 2011 deadline if an invitation to interview is to be extended by the Fellowship Program Director. If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact Dottie Acosta, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Coordinator, by phone at (909) 558-4911 or by email at dacosta@llu.edu.

Program Director