Welcome to the Loma Linda University Preventive Medicine Residency Program! At Loma Linda University (LLU), we aim to prepare well trained preventive medicine physicians to address the health of individuals and populations. We offer innovative training in clinical preventive medicine and public health, with strengths in the areas of lifestyle medicine, global health, and whole-person care. LLU provides several types of training opportunities in preventive medicine, including categorical and combination programs.

The Preventive Medicine Residency at Loma Linda University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and fulfills the requirements for the certifying examination of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Loma Linda University is oriented toward clinical preventive medicine and has been a leader in this area for many years. The training incorporates a wide variety of experiences in several affiliated institutions including: the LLU Medical Center, the local County Public Health Department, a VA Medical Center, a not-for-profit HMO, a for-profit HMO, a Center for Health Promotion, and a Federally Qualified Health Center (SACHS).

LLU offers a competitive resident salary with excellent benefits, as well as significant financial assistance towards the MPH degree.

Thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to hearing from you!


Michael Orlich, MD, PhD, Program Director, Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Michael Orlich, MD, MPH
Program Director
Preventive Medicine Residency

Karen Studer, MD, MPH, Associate Program Director, Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Karen Studer, MD, MPH
Associate Program Director
Preventive Medicine Residency



Categorical Preventive Medicine

PGY-1 Positions Each year we offer two PGY-1 year categorical positions in the Transitional Year (Preventive Medicine Track) through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Residents selected for this PGY-1 year will subsequently complete two years (PGY-2 & 3) of General Preventive Medicine & Public Health training upon successful completion of the PGY-1 year.

PGY-2 Positions We offer two additional PGY-2 positions each year in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health, for applicants who have already completed a suitable internship or prior residency in another specialty. These residents receive two years (PGY-2 & 3) of training in Preventive Medicine.

Combination Programs in Preventive Medicine

PGY-1 Positions We off four PGY-1 positions each year for the Family Medicine & Preventive Medicine program, which leads to board eligibility in both specialties.

There is one PGY-1 position offered each year for the Occupational & Preventive Medicine program, which also leads to board eligibility in both specialties.