If you have a question not answered on this page, please contact us:
Christine Roland (PedResOffice@llu.edu)

Pediatric Chief Residents (PediatricChiefReside@llu.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you consider most strongly when you look at an applicant?

We are very interested in applicants whose personal goals fit with our own goal of healing children. This would include residents with a sense of calling to provide whole person care in an underserved, pediatric academic environment. We are interested in applicants who enjoy teaching and approach life with a commitment to teamwork, excellence and a sense of humor.

Additionally, we look for applicants with strong pediatric clinical acumen and unique life experiences that are interested in sharing that knowledge with others.

Are there minimum USMLE or COMLEX score requirements?

There is no minimum score. We use the entire ERAS application and interview to determine who will be a great fit with our program.

How many letters of recommendation do you require and does one of the letters need to be from a pediatric faculty member?

Our hospital requires three letters of recommendation. Letters from pediatric faculty are suggested, but not required.

May I fax or email additional information with my application?

We only accept submissions through ERAS. Any additional materials emailed or faxed to us will not be considered in the evaluation of your application. You may email us to inform us of new information uploaded to ERAS.

Do you have a deadline for application submissions?

We offer interviews through the middle of January, and applications are considered on a “rolling” basis. We strongly recommend submitting your application early to give yourself the best possible advantage.

Do you interview applicants who are international medical graduates (IMG)?

Yes, we consider all qualified applicants. Please refer to the Graduate Medical Education page for eligibility requirements: Application Process 

Please note that it is recommended that IMGs have graduated within 5 years of applying to our residency program.

Do I need a California PTAL (Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter)?

No, the program no longer requires this letter.

Loma Linda University Health is a Seventh-day Adventist organization. Is following a particular faith a requirement to be a resident with the Pediatric Residency Program?

Loma Linda University Health is a unique environment where residents are empowered to provide “whole person care,” which includes medical, social and faith-based elements. All major world religions are represented in our pediatric residents and faculty. There are no requirements for residents to follow a particular faith (if any). Residents need only approach patients with a desire to provide whole person care in a compassionate manner.

Are there opportunities to do a visiting elective at LLUCH with pediatrics?

Yes, LLUSOM offers senior medical students the opportunity to apply for visiting electives. Please view the information about how to apply.

In addition, the Department of Pediatrics is also pleased to offer a funded visiting student rotation to those with background underrepresented in medicine.