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, epilepsy, 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, Riverside University Health System (RUHS) hospital consult service, with a few months of inpatient rotation. This year with variety of rotations and exposure to neurology subspecialties allows residents to expand knowledge and depth of skill and exposure leads to long term career goals such as fellowship.
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, RUHS consult service, and chosen electives.
Residents learn from a wide variety of practice and patients with our tertiary care university, VA hospital, RUHS county medical center, and FQHC multispecialty clinic for outpatient continuity clinic. These locations offer a broad exposure to acute and chronic neurologic issues of patients from varied backgrounds.
Call at LLUMC is covered by a night float system Monday through Friday and weekend call is done in 12 hour shifts, for example resident Dr. A does call Saturday and Sunday day from 7 am to 7 pm and resident Dr. B takes call Saturday and Sunday night from 7 pm to 7 am. Call at the Veterans hospital is covered by a home call resident.
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.