• Introduction to Psychiatry
  • History of & Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • Therapeutic Alliance
  • DSM 5
  • Evidence-Based Psychiatry
  • Supportive Psychotherapy
  • Supportive Psychotherapy Skills
  • Religion and Psychiatry 1
  • Ethics 1
  • Human Development
  • Suicide Assessment
  • 3-4 months Inpatient Adult Psychiatry, LLVAH
  • 1 month Inpatient Adult Psychiatry, BMC
  • 1-2 months Consultation and Liaison, LLUMC
  • 2 months Inpatient Neurology, LLVAH
  • 1 month Inpatient Medicine, LLVAH
  • 1 month Outpatient Medicine, LLVAH
  • 1 month Emergency Medicine, LLUMC
  • 1 month Outpatient Medicine, SAC
Clinical Sites
Med Students
  • Personality Theories
  • Community Psychiatry
  • Psychosomatics
  • Family Therapy
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Geriatrics
  • Quality Improvement
  • Cultural Psychiatry
  • Case Formulation
  • Research Methods and Design
  • Group Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Religion and Psychiatry 2
  • Ethics 2
  • Human Sexuality
  • 4 months Inpatient Adule Psychiatry, LLVAH and BMC
  • 4-6 weeks Emergency Psychiatry (Night Float)
  • 1-2 months Adolescent Psychiatry, BMC
  • 2-3 months Consult and Liaison, LLUMC and LLVAH
  • 4-6 weeks Patient-Centered Medical Home rotation, LLVAH
  • 1-2 months Holistic Mental Health rotation, LLVAH
  • 1-2 months Emergency Department Assessment rotation, LLVAH
Second year residents participate in the following half-day clinic year-round:

  • Child/Adolescent Clinic, BHI
Clinical Sites
med students
  • Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills Seminar
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Integrative Psychotherapy Skills
  • Continuous Case Conference in Psychotherapy
  • Community Psychiatry
  • Psychological Testing
  • Research Methods
  • Religion and Psychiatry 2
  • Ethics 3
  • 1-2 months Inpatient Child Psychiatry, BMC
  • 1-2 months Inpatient Adolescent Psychiatry, BMC
  • 2-3 months Geriatric Psychiatry, BMC and BHI
  • 3 months Addiction Psychiatry, BMC and LLVAH
  • 1-2 months Emergency Department Assessment, LLVAH
Third year residents participate in the following half-day clinics year-round:

  • General Psychiatry Residency Clinic Site, San Bernardino County Dept of Behavioral Health
  • Psychotherapy Clinics, VA and SAC
Clinical Sites
Med Students
  • Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Seminar
  • Integrative Case Conference
  • Transition to Practice
  • Board Preparation
  • Continuous Case Conference in Psychotherapy
  • Termination Seminar
  • 1 month Junior Attending experience, VA Inpatient Psychiatry Unit
  • 1 month of Electroconvulsive Therapy training/experience
  • 2-3 months Partial Hospitalization Program, BMC or BHI
  • Admission Administration, LLVAH
  • 4 months Elective rotation time
  • 1-2 month San Bernardino County Behavioral Health Clinic
Fourth year residents participate in the following half day clinics year-round:

  • General Psychiatry Resident Clinic, LLVAH
  • General Psychiatry Resident Clinic (low income/non-insured), BHI
  • Psychotherapy Clinic, BHI

Senior residents may also apply to take part in an optional Advanced Certificate Program in either Advanced Psychotherapy or Religion and Psychiatry, which require 2-3 months of dedicated elective time.

Clinical Sites

We are committed to enhancing our training and fulfilling the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) emphasis on outcomes assessment (including competencies, evaluations, and quality improvement) as demonstrated by the following emphases in our program:

  • Board eligibility upon completion of residency training that is recognized by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).
  • We routinely have residents in our program scoring in the 90th percentile on national psychiatry residency exams such as the Psychiatry Resident-in-Training Exam (PRITE).
  • Training goals include competency in diagnosis, interviewing, case management, and multidisciplinary team involvement. Clinical skills to be attained include crisis intervention, supportive psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and combination of psychotherapy with psychopharmacology. Somatic clinical skills to be learned include pharmacotherapy and electroconvulsive therapy. In addition, our program is unique in offering the opportunity to learn about integration of spirituality and psychiatric care through a variety of venues. This partial list reflects the commitment of the training program to ensure comprehensive training in modern clinical psychiatry.
  • Supervision by highly supportive faculty who encompass a wide range of clinical and academic expertise
  • A learning atmosphere that fosters support and mentoring
  • A system that provides increasing responsibility and autonomy as training progresses
  • Teaching-oriented faculty who are board-certified in multiple psychiatry sub-specialties including Addiction Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • An extensive and thorough didactics schedule, taught by faculty who are experts on their respective topics
  • Global elective opportunities: we are pleased to help support and encourage resident involvement in global psychiatry electives, as part of our institution’s commitment to global outreach and ministering to the underserved. In the past, residents have done electives in Guam, Africa, China, and India, and we are excited to see continued involvement in these areas and others in the future.

ACGME Requirements

In the process of completing training here at Loma Linda University Psychiatry Residency Program, residents will have met all training guidelines required by the ACGME.

(Information in parenthesis is an ACGME requirement)

  • 4 months of primary care during PGY
  • 1 year in internal medicine, pediatrics, or family medicine (4 months minimum)
  • 2 months of adult neurology (2 months minimum with at least 1 month with adults)
  • 7 months of adult inpatient psychiatry (6 months minimum)
  • Adult psychiatry continuity clinics spanning 24 months (12 months minimum)
  • 7 months of child and adolescent psychiatry (2 months minimum), including inpatient, partial hospital program, and a one-year experience in a weekly child/adolescent clinic
  • 1-2 months of geriatric psychiatry (1 month minimum)
  • 1-2 months of addiction psychiatry (1 month minimum)
  • 4 months of consult and liaison psychiatry (2 months minimum)
  • 4-6 weeks of emergency psychiatry (exposure required- no established minimum)
  • 1 month of ECT (exposure required- no established minimum)
  • Exposure to forensic psychiatry (exposure required – no established minimum)
  • 3 months of community psychiatry (exposure required – no established minimum) a one-year experience in a weekly community clinic, and 2 months of exposure to community mental health services offered through San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health

Didactics-mediated learning covering all of, but not limited to, the following:

  • Theoretical approaches to understanding patient-doctor relationship (required)
  • Factors (biological, genetic, psychological, sociocultural, economic, ethnic, gender, religious/spiritual, sexual orientation, and family) that significantly influence physical and psychological development throughout life span (required)
  • Fundamental principles of the epidemiology, etiologies, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all major psychiatric disorders in the current standard diagnostic statistical manual (required)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of neurologic disorders commonly encountered in psychiatric practice (required)
  • Use, reliability, and validity of the generally-accepted diagnostic techniques (required)
  • Use and interpretation of psychological testing (required)
  • History of psychiatry and its relationship to the evolution of medicine (required)
  • Legal aspects of psychiatric practice, and when and how to refer (required)
  • Understanding of American culture and subcultures (required)
  • Use of case formulation that includes neurobiological, phenomenological, psychological, and sociocultural issues involved in the diagnosis and management of cases (required)
  • Education in research literacy and evidence-based clinical practices skills, including question formulation, information searching, critical appraisal, and medical decision-making (required)


During the summer of each academic year we hold a seminar which delves into various aspects of a central theme or topic. Recent topics have including Transformative Teaching and Learning, Burnout, Strengthsfinding, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Treatment of the LGBTQ Population. The seminars consist of faculty and resident presentations, and small breakout groups to facilitate interaction and discussion.
Our weekly Grand Rounds Sessions begin in September and continue throughout the remainder of the academic year. These conferences cover many topics with the goal of enhancing clinical practice and knowledge in the field of psychiatry, neurology, primary care, and other fields relevant to psychiatric practice. We have presenters from many institutions throughout the United States as well as from our own faculty. There are also presentations by our residents on their areas of particular interest. Grand Rounds is held from 11:00am- 12:00pm on every Tuesday at the Behavioral Health Institute. Highlights from last year’s series included treatment of adolescent addiction, the development of DSM 5, Christ-Centered Emotion-Focused Therapy, Freud’s view on trust and psychosis, and violence in schools.
We strongly encourage residents to attend various educational professional conferences which are held throughout the United States each year. Residents are given conference days separate from their vacation time to use towards conference attendance, and can utilize their educational funds through the Graduate Medical Education Office towards the costs of conference attendance. In recent years, residents have attended the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Meeting, The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, among others.