Medical education is our number-one priority. The School offers quality programs in medical education for medical students and MD/PhD students within a system of demonstrated Christian values and beliefs. Our faculty are committed to ensuring that those we educate will develop the skills and intellectual curiosity needed for success as life-long learners in a changing world.
The first two years are devoted to the study of the basic medical sciences, with orientation to clinical applications, introduction to human behavior, and physical diagnosis. Students are required to pass the USMLE, Step I, examination in order to be promoted to the junior year. Clinical training is provided in the areas of medical practice: surgery, medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, family medicine, neurology, ambulatory care, and psychiatry. Elective time is available for additional educational experience in the clinical and research areas. Students are provided opportunities for learning experiences in Christian physician formation, which addresses theological, ethical, and interpersonal relationships relative to health-care delivery.
The clinical instruction during the junior and senior years takes place primarily at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center, Riverside County Regional Medical Center, and White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, and Glendale Adventist Medical Center are also affiliated with the School of Medicine and are utilized for undergraduate and postgraduate clinical training.