Frequently Asked Questions

Why complete two residencies?
Family Medicine specializes in the care of individual patients in the context of their families and communities across all age and illness categories. Preventive Medicine specializes in understanding populations and how systems of care affect the health of individuals. The Family and Preventive Medicine Residency provides training in both individual health and population health skills. Someone only interested in direct patient care, or someone only interested in Public Health should not consider it.

What is the advantage of the combined residency compared to separately completing a Family Medicine Residency and a Preventive Medicine Residency?
The interspersed and longitudinal nature of our combined training allows principles of population health to be applied during Family Medicine rotations, and principles of individual health to be applied during Preventive Medicine rotations. Our program also allows for a less rushed approach to completing a Masters in Public Health (spread over three or four years, as opposed to just one or two years). This represents a unique and efficient mechanism for completing the MPH and residency requirements of both the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Is it difficult to complete two residencies and an MPH in four years?
Completing Board requirements for two specialties (including an MPH) is associated with fuller schedules. For this reason, the combined program is discouraged for individuals who have a history of academic concerns or low energy levels.

How do residents pay for their MPH education?
Presently, tuition is covered for resident participation in the standard academic program for the MPH in Population Medicine through the Loma Linda University School of Public Health.

If I already have my MPH does that mean my program will be shorter?
No. Residents who earned their MPH prior to residency will rotate through the various requisite Family and Preventive Medicine rotations the duration of the four years.

Which characteristics are most important when you consider applicants?
We look for applicants that have clear commitments to the clinical care obtained in a Family Medicine Residency and the population care obtained in a Preventive Medicine Residency. We like to see evidence of previous activities in at least one of our two areas of emphasis: Lifestyle Medicine and Global Health. We expect top applicants to be committed to Whole Person Care and the spiritual aspects of health. Evidence of high-level skills in communication, service, and leadership, as well as application of clinical knowledge are important.

Where do your graduates work?
Our first cohort graduated from the combined residency in 2010. Current alumni have found work across the United States and overseas in a variety of roles —including medical directors of clinics and hospitals, lifestyle medicine entrepreneurs and authors, and grant recipients. We expect future graduates to work in leadership positions that include provision of clinical care and system improvements. This may be in private practice, working with a health care organization, through academia, or government settings.

Do you offer electives or externships to applicants?
We encourage applicants to experience our program through electives or externships (“away electives”). These can be in two- or four-week blocks. A two-week block would include time in either Preventive Medicine or Family Medicine. A four-week block typically includes time in both Family and Preventive Medicine. To apply for an elective or externship you must submit an application through the Loma Linda University School of Medicine Dean’s Office by contacting externships@llu.edu.

How do I apply for the combined residency?
Application to the Family and Preventive Medicine Residency is accomplished through ERAS® (please see Contact Info & Links page for NRMP ID code). In your application please indicate specific reasons why the combined program is attractive to you. Separate residencies also exist at Loma Linda University for categorical Family Medicine and categorical Preventive Medicine—and information for each of these programs can be found on their respective websites.

Do you have a deadline for application submission?
We consider all applications received prior to November 1 of each year.

Is there a minimum USMLE score that is required for applicants?
No. We look at the entire application when considering an applicant for interviewing. The Family and Preventive Medicine program requires high academic rigor based on concurrent residency and MPH coursework, thus applicants with academic concerns will be closely assessed during the interview process.