Welcome to the Neurology Residency Program at Loma Linda University Health. We have an outstanding clinical training program in neurology. Our Mission is to train excellent clinical neurologists in a collegial and supportive learning environment through a wide breadth of exposure at our University, Veterans, County, and FQHC facilities, who approach patient care with a practical and Whole Person Care emphasis, and who are prepared to enter practice or clinical fellowship.
Our neurologists are capable and experienced clinicians with a variety of styles, each with a strong commitment to teaching. Because of the strong clinical emphasis and because the faculty and residents work closely together, our program has developed a strong camaraderie and we strive to provide the best possible education and patient care. Loma Linda University Medical Center is a Comprehensive Stroke Center and trauma center.
Our location in sunny Southern California is an enviable one and makes the time spent outside of the teaching program enjoyable. We invite you to come see the program, meet the residents, and decide for yourself on the advantages of our Neurology Residency Program.
Theresa LaBarte, DO, Associate Program Director and Laura Nist, MD Program Director
Residency Program Overview
Adult neurology is an integrated PGY1-4 program. The first year (PGY-1) includes rotations in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery and Neurology.
The first full year of adult neurology training (PGY-2) consists of ward rotations, neuroradiology, clinical neurophysiology, and clinic. The ward rotations are at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Administration Medical Center neurology services. On both of these services, the resident is responsible for inpatient admissions and consults and is exposed to a wide variety of neurologic disorders. During this time the residents progressively develop their diagnostic skills and clinical acumen. During the first two months of this year, a senior neurology resident is also on service, then the PGY-2 neurology residents assume supervisory roles over interns and medical students.
The third year (PGY-3) is spent on electives, clinic subspecialties, EMG, epilepsy, County hospital consult service, with a few months of inpatient rotation. Participation in the neuroscience course is required during PGY-3. This involves leading teaching groups in neuroscience to first year medical students.
During the last year (PGY-4), the resident serves as senior resident supervising the neurology service at either the Veterans Administration Medical Center or Loma Linda University Medical Center. Additional rotations are done in neuropathology, psychiatry, child neurology, subspecialty clinics, the County hospital consult service, and chosen electives.
Throughout the entire neurology residency, there are two weekly outpatient clinics in which the resident sees both new and return patients. This enables the resident to be experienced in outpatient neurology with multiple diagnoses being cared for and long term experience with each patient.
There is a strong commitment to resident teaching and a wide variety of teaching conferences are available to the neurology resident each month. A weekly Neuroscience Grand Rounds involves neuroradiology presentation of interesting cases of the week, or presentations by Neurology, Child Neurology, or the Clinical Pathologic Correlation Conference (CPC).
A neurophysiology conference, with emphasis on EEG interpretation, occurs every other week. EMG and clinical neurophysiology conferences occur weekly. Twice monthly, a clinical neurologic conference occurs with interesting live patient presentations at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. One monthly Journal Club invites participation by residents and attending staff alike with a critical review of the literature. One monthly Journal Club meeting reviews practice parameters on a specific topic. The neurology resident is given frequent opportunity to build teaching skills by giving conferences for both neurology and Internal Medicine services at Loma Linda University Medical Center and the Veterans Medical Center. There is opportunity to participate in didactics with medical students during their neurology clerkship.
A monthly, multidisciplinary neurovascular conference is held to review cases and collaborate with interventional neuroradiology, neurosurgery, and allied health care providers.
The Department of Neurology has a Clinical Research Center that organizes neurology clinical trials in multiple subspecialty areas. As the only university-based tertiary care center in the Inland Empire, we have a catchment area, which is not in direct competition with the Southern California coastal centers (Los Angeles to San Diego). The Neurology Clinical Research Center combines clinicians with special interests in study design and in the specific neurologic conditions to be studied with dedicated coordinating and support personnel.
Participation in a research project, usually done as a clinical research project, is required during the training program.
Residency Positions and Requirements
The Department of Neurology at Loma Linda University offers sixteen (16) neurology residency positions. Four positions per year are available for a categorical (PGY1-4) residency.
Benefits Specific for Neurology Residents
Each neurology resident is provided with an allowance of $500 per year to cover continuing education-related materials and activities, such as book purchases or conference expenses. Membership to the American Academy of Neurology and subscription to the journal, Neurology, are provided. In addition, Graduate Medical Education has funds available to cover the cost of medical license and other educational items.
- Loma Linda University Medical Center
- Jerry L. Pettis Veterans Administration Medical Center
- Riverside University Medical Center
Applications are accepted through ERAS.
If you have questions regarding information about the Neurology Residency Program at Loma Linda University, contact us:
LLU Neurology Residency Program
11175 Campus Street CP-11108
Loma Linda, California, 92354
Academic Coordinator: Monika Johnson