The four-year core program encompasses the basic skills of anatomic and clinical pathology, with elective time available in the third and/or fourth years. Residents have considerable professional, technical, and administrative responsibilities in patient care operations. Regularly scheduled conferences are held in anatomic and clinical pathology, some of which cover laboratory management and medical informatics. Residents are encouraged to participate in the teaching of fellow residents, medical students and allied health students. A night and weekend call system provides the house staff opportunities for decision making and diagnosis in clinical pathology.
The Department of Pathology at Loma Linda University Medical Center is committed to excellence in clinical practice, education and research. The residency program is designed to train physicians to qualify for careers in the academic or community practice of pathology. The training is provided in the setting of a Christian institution of learning devoted to the healing arts and sciences.
Currently there are over 20 faculty within the department of pathology, providing a broad range of expertise and interest, including multiple subspecialty areas within anatomic and clinical pathology, as well as neuropathology, medical informatics, molecular pathology, immunology, and neuroimmunology. The faculty have a strong commitment to patient care, and to the teaching of residents, medical students and other clinical faculty. Research also plays an important role in the department, with opportunities for resident involvement in many different areas.
Our department provides laboratory services for inpatients and outpatients, as well as for a growing number of patients in affiliated outreach programs. The majority of residency training is based at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, which together serve as an adult and pediatric tertiary referral center for a population base of over about 2.5 million. Residency training also incorporates use of the nearby outpatient faculty pathology laboratory, Loma Linda University Community Medical Center, Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center, San Bernardino County Medical Examiner's Office, San Bernardino County Blood Bank, and on-site California Tumor Tissue Registry. The breadth and volume of material to which a resident has exposure at Loma Linda are a particular strength of the training program.
Pathology residents are an integral part of the medical care team at LLUMC, accepting increasing responsibility as their experience expands. Our training programs in anatomic and clinical pathology are integrated, emphasizing the unified nature of the information developed and interpreted by pathologist. Abundant opportunities are available for residents to participate in departmental research programs, California Tumor Tissue Registry and other consultative pathology, as well as special techniques such as electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and molecular medicine. Finally, residents are actively engaged in departmental teaching programs. Indeed, a tradition of teaching at all levels is a cornerstone of the department's activities.