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Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Loma Linda University School of Medicine (LLU)
Allopathic Medical School
Loma Linda, CA
  • SDN RANKING 2
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 3 69 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 2 4 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $35,000
  • Non - Resident Tuition $35,000
  • Application Fee $55
  • AVG MCAT 31.0
  • AVG GPA 3.6
  • LIZZYM™ Score 67.0

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Admissions Information

  • Admissions Office
  • Coleman Pavilion, Ste A1108
  • 11175 Campus Street
  • Loma Linda, CA 92350
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

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.

Curriculum

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.

Facilities

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.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 47
Negatively 4
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
3.41 58

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.24 42

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"Less paper usage. Interview invite was through snail mail, and the confirmation came through snail mail also. When we arrived we all got folders with papers and some brochure. Interesting things, but still too much paper." -Posted 12/19/2010 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Don't schedule interviews too far from the orientation location. I got lost and even current students had no idea where that place was." -Posted 02/15/2010 | More from this Member | Report Response

"No suggestions. They made the whole process very smooth and comfortable." -Posted 11/24/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Changes to interview times shouldn't be made the day of the interview." -Posted 06/09/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Using e-mail rather than snail mail would be nice and more "green". Provide some light snacks or som" -Posted 02/03/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"I don't really have any. The interviews were both relatively laid back and conversational. I suppose" -Posted 12/10/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"I forgot my info packet at home, so it would have helped me to have an email or something online wit" -Posted 12/11/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"If you can agree with me that a transaction takes place when you go to a doctor (your insurance or your cash pays the doc for his service), then what is the product that a doctor provides in one word?" -Posted 01/29/2014 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about the SDA denomination? It was in a conversational manner, not testing on my knowledge." -Posted 01/02/2012 | More from this Member | Report Response

"what was your favorite course" -Posted 12/23/2011 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How will the new healthcare legislation affect your ability to be a doctor?" -Posted 01/29/2011 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" -Posted 12/19/2010 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What was the hardest science on-science course you have taken and why?" -Posted 11/30/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you read recently?" -Posted 11/24/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your influences for wanting to be a doctor?" -Posted 06/09/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"If your mother was sitting in here, what three positive things will she say about you and what three negative things will she say about you" -Posted 02/12/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"question about stem cells and ethics" -Posted 02/03/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What volunteering have you done?" -Posted 02/03/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"My first interviewer asked me about my wife. We are newlyweds, and he said that many times newlyweds end up divorced because of the rigors of med school. He asked me how I would deal with that. I thought it was a little forward for him to ask that, but answered frankly because I figured Loma Linda was just trying to push me to see how I'd react to stress." -Posted 12/10/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you stay committed to the contract of not drinking, smoking, etc. while at LLU?" -Posted 01/28/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What values did your parents emphasize in your upbringing?" -Posted 12/11/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the most interesting thing about you?" -Posted 11/30/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"If you don't get in this year, what will you do next year? (apply again!)" -Posted 04/16/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"You applied three years ago. You didn't get in, not even an interview, Why?" -Posted 04/07/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in a really stressfull situation? Are you an introvert or extrovert?" -Posted 03/08/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you know about the SDA church/lifestyle?" -Posted 02/25/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why be a doctor" -Posted 02/07/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want me to present you as to the acceptance committee?" -Posted 01/21/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe a time where you had to make a difficult ethical decision." -Posted 12/06/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your missions experience. (I recently came back from a missions trip)" -Posted 04/22/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What personality type do you consider yourself?" -Posted 02/15/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"what makes you certain that medicine is the path you want to pursue?" -Posted 02/13/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Just tell me about yourself." -Posted 02/06/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your biggest weakness in your application?" -Posted 01/25/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about an ethical situation where you had to deal with other people. " -Posted 01/24/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your free-time?" -Posted 01/18/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"why loma linda?" -Posted 01/10/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"When did you know you wanted to become a doctor?" -Posted 03/30/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." -Posted 01/28/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your clinical volunteer work. And were you ever afraid to be in the area that you were volunteering in. " -Posted 01/26/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What kind of doctor do you want to be?" -Posted 12/03/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Would I perform an abortion even though I was morally opposed?" -Posted 06/19/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to attend Loma linda Universty?" -Posted 04/16/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why LLU?" -Posted 02/12/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe your involvement with your church." -Posted 02/11/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" -Posted 02/10/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor? What experiences led you to this decision? Who influenced you to go into the field of medicine?" -Posted 01/14/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What family experiences other than clinical motivated you to be a doctor?" -Posted 12/12/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you plan to do with your MPH?" -Posted 05/30/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What are three words someone close to you would use to describe you?" -Posted 05/30/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you like about your undergraduate institution? " -Posted 02/05/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to become a dentist?" -Posted 01/08/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What would make you be a good doctor?" -Posted 10/13/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How do you feel about the state of healthcare in the U.S. today?" -Posted 07/19/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What attracted you most to your wife? (been married for 6 months)" -Posted 01/29/2014 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Was there a time that science tested your faith?" -Posted 01/02/2012 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you manage living so far away from your home?" -Posted 12/23/2011 | More from this Member | Report Response

"You have an alcoholic student. He has gone through rehab, and seems to be doing well. He goes on spring break, starts to drink again, and assaults an officer. How would you argue for (or against) him?" -Posted 12/19/2010 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Describe some of your traveling experiences." -Posted 06/09/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Suppose you come to work one day and you discover that there is a big blackout in your workplace and they barricaded the doors and you left all your work-related materials inside, what will you do? How will you spend your day?" -Posted 02/12/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How would I deal with perhaps feeling "left out" or "like an outsider" since many of the students that end up there somehow may know each other from undergrad" -Posted 02/03/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the last book you read?" -Posted 02/03/2009 | More from this Member | Report Response

"The most interesting question they asked me (and here I reveal a bit of arrogance) was an entreaty to discuss my religious conversion from an atheist evolutionist to a Christian creationist. Both interviewers seemed very excited by this. I am a recent convert to Seventh-day Adventism, and I think part of the excitement was over seeing a fellow believer come to the faith and part was trying to figure out if I was faking it to make my application look good or if I was sincere. We discussed the information that brought me to the faith in detail, especially in my first interview, and that seemed to satisfy both interviewers." -Posted 12/10/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What advice would you give to a high school student considering going into medicine?" -Posted 01/28/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What will you bring to LLU medical school?" -Posted 01/22/2008 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the hardest thing you have ever done?" -Posted 12/11/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were the interviewer and I was the student, what would you ask me?" -Posted 11/30/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"If I were the committee member asking the questions, what questions would I ask?" -Posted 04/16/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Give me a scenario in which you incorporate the spiritual, emotional, and scientific aspect when treating a patient." -Posted 04/07/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were the interviewer and I was the nervous applicant, what would you ask me?" -Posted 03/08/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you think physicians work such long hours?" -Posted 03/07/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do I know about the SDA church?" -Posted 02/25/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What about your parents do you have in yourself" -Posted 02/07/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"I metioned that I enjoyed reading Harry Potter, my interviwer then asked how would you reconcile some of Harry Potter's themes with Christian values? How would you handle explaining these themes to a Christian child?" -Posted 01/21/2007 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What did you do this summer?" -Posted 12/27/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How much do you bench? (I'm a personal trainer) How long have you been surfing?" -Posted 12/06/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do to relieve stress?" -Posted 04/22/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Why LLU?" -Posted 02/15/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"would you lie to provide surgery for a patient dying of heart failure?" -Posted 02/13/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me who influenced you and why you're here begging to get into our school." -Posted 02/06/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Film or digital? (on the topic of photography)" -Posted 01/25/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What's the racial demographics of the kids who get tutored at these places you used to work? " -Posted 01/24/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"The first interviewer asked me all the typical questions...why a doctor, why here, why you. But the second interviewer asked me about my denominational affiliation and how it differed from SDA, about my temperament type and how it affected my plans as a doctor, about my family, about ethical issues and how I would deal with them, etc." -Posted 01/18/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How will your background influence the diversity of the entering class?" -Posted 01/10/2006 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What makes you unique? What is it that sets you apart from other pre-meds?" -Posted 03/30/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were to be any type of cell in the human body what would you choose and why?" -Posted 01/28/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is our health care system? What do you think is a major issue that you will face in the future as a physician?" -Posted 01/26/2005 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do with a young patient who was pregnant?" -Posted 12/08/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Can't remember" -Posted 12/07/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What is more important, passion or reason?" -Posted 12/03/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked a battery of ethics questions, from what I thought about stem cell research, abortion, end of life practices, to what I would do if my patient had pancreatic cancer, the prognosis was pretty bad, and the patient wanted to stop treatment because of the pain it would cause to his family?" -Posted 06/19/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you think you have succeded? " -Posted 04/16/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How will you handle the shift from undergraduate school to medical school? What characteristics do you posess that would allow you to make the tsansition smoothly." -Posted 02/12/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Descibe a significant moral dilemma you have faced. " -Posted 02/11/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"Have you experienced or seen a "bad doctor". What bothered you about the doctor, what gave you this negative impression? " -Posted 02/10/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"If I wanted to date the interviewer's daughter, how would I convince the interviewer to let me?" -Posted 01/14/2004 | More from this Member | Report Response

"How are you going to deal with the economic situation doctors are facing?" -Posted 12/12/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What are the negatives and positives about your culture?" -Posted 05/30/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"If an attending asked you to perform an abortion, but you were ethically oppossed to it, what would you do?" -Posted 05/30/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the most difficult decision I have had to make involving an ethical dilemma." -Posted 02/05/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What does it take to become a better Christian?" -Posted 01/08/2003 | More from this Member | Report Response

"I was given a scenario about a patient who was a vitcim of domestic violence and I was asked what I would do. " -Posted 10/13/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

"What is a good book you've read lately, besides a text book, and what was it about? " -Posted 07/19/2002 | More from this Member | Report Response

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Individual Responses

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
2.50 2

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
2.00 2

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 2

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"Almost nothing." -Posted 10/22/2014 | Report Response

"Willingness of faculty to go extra mile to try and help out students at all times" -Posted 07/06/2010 | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"Curriculum is awful. Over-emphasis on NON-board material like pathophysiology. Absolutely NO time to study for Step 1. Over-testing. The administration has been told all this for years. No changes. Extremely nepotistic - favor given to local SDA students whose parents went to Loma Linda and live and work in and around Loma Linda. A lot of glad-handing." -Posted 10/22/2014 | Report Response

"School was revamping curriculum in major ways and board scores fell in the class above me and mine as they were working out the kinks." -Posted 07/06/2010 | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Avoid this school at all costs. They care nothing about your Step 1 scores and do not prepare you at all." -Posted 10/22/2014 | Report Response

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