Here are a few questions that are commonly asked by those who are considering applying to our program.  

If you have any further questions, please email Priscilla Verales, the Residency Program Coordinator, at pverales@llu.edu

Does this program encourage D.O. applicants?2015-10-06T05:18:33+00:00

Absolutely!  We have several DO’s in our program currently and we accept COMLEX scores in lieu of USMLE scores.

How many positions do you offer for each match?2019-09-03T00:49:24+00:00

We typically offer anywhere from 7-10 positions.

Do you require Step 3 to be passed prior to beginning residency, and if not, when does it need to be completed by?2016-08-04T05:42:58+00:00

We do not require Step 3 to be completed prior to entering our residency program.  It is strongly encouraged to take Step 3 by December of the PGY-1 year as the cost of this exam will be reimbursed by the residency if Step 3 is passed by this date.  It is expected that our PGY-1’s take Step 3 by the end of the 1st year.  Step 3 must be passed before entering the 4th year, otherwise the resident will not be allowed to continue on to 4th year per California state law.

Is there a cut-off date for the amount of time that has passed since medical school graduation?2019-09-03T00:49:53+00:00

In general, we do not consider applicants who are more than 5 years out of medical school.

Do you have a cut-off score for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and how many attempts do you allow?2015-10-06T05:21:08+00:00

We do not have a cut-off score, but except in rare circumstances we generally do not consider applicants who have failed a Step exam more than once.

Do you require U.S. clinical experience and, if so, does it have to be inpatient experience? (Or do you accept patient care in an outpatient setting?)2015-10-06T05:23:51+00:00


When is your application deadline?2019-09-03T00:50:51+00:00

Applications need to be submitted by October 1 of each academic year.

Is there any other information I should know about the Loma Linda Psychiatry Residency before deciding to apply?2016-08-04T05:44:26+00:00

If matched to our program, applicants will be required to complete a criminal background check and drug testing prior to becoming eligible for clinical responsibilities as part of our institution hiring policies.

Where are Loma Linda psychiatry residency graduates now practicing?2016-08-04T05:41:52+00:00

Our graduates currently practice in private, forensic, academic, and community settings.  Many of our residents have entered further academic training through fellowships, and out of those who apply for fellowship over 90% have matched within the last 5 years.

How many letters of recommendation are required prior to consideration for an interview?2019-09-03T00:51:16+00:00

Applicants should submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation through the ERAS system.  At least two letters of recommendation should be from a psychiatry attending physician.

Does the Loma Linda Psychiatry residency sponsor visas for foreign medical graduates?2019-09-03T00:53:15+00:00

Yes (H-1). Additionally, if you are an IMG, you are required to have a PTAL. For further clarification or questions regarding visa sponsorship please contact the GME office at (909) 558-8131.

At what level do applicants with previous postgraduate training enter the program?2015-10-06T05:19:41+00:00

Applicants who have completed postgraduate training in another specialty are eligible for entry at either the PGY-1 or PGY-2 level, depending on the nature of the training completed at their prior program and the needs of our program.

Are psychiatry sub-internships available through the residency program?2018-03-16T02:44:15+00:00

Yes, sub-internships are available for interested fourth-year medical students. For students from schools other than LLU School of Medicine please apply on VSAS at https://students-residents.aamc.org/ for a sub-internship/elective rotation. For LLU SOM students who are interested in scheduling a sub-internship please contact Jonelle Rodriguez through the Department of Psychiatry, she can be reached by email at JCRodriguez@llu.edu.

When are interviews typically offered?2019-09-03T00:51:42+00:00

Interviews will be offered to competitive candidates only after completion of the ERAS application.  Interviews are scheduled for six Mondays from November to December.