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Do you participate in the match?

Yes, we participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). In order to apply for our residency program, you must register with NRMP. We do not accept applicants outside of the match.

Where do I apply for the program?

You may apply via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERASⓇ). 

What are the application criteria?

Please be ready to provide your: 

  • Photograph (optional, but helpful)
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Written personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least one should be from a department of family medicine member at your school, affiliated hospital or elective course. These must be current letters written in the last 18 months.
  • Preference for United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). 
    • Step I & II score of at least 220, or higher, on first attempt. 
    • Proof of passing USMLE Step I & II (CS and CK) or COMLEX I and II (CS and CK) by the time you start residency.
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate (ECFMG) certification, if applicable.
  • Proof of provisional training license (PTL) in California. 
  • Proof that you completed medical school within the last three years.

Do you sponsor visas?

We do sponsor visas.

How are applications reviewed?

We review every application on an individual basis.  Interviews are granted upon approval by our selection committee.

What are you looking for in residents?

We accept 12 residents per year. We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background and a commitment to family medicine. Good interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic are equally important. Finally, we look for applicants who we feel will work well with our current residents and foster a healthy educational environment.

Where do residents do hospital rotations, outpatient clinical rotations and outpatient family medicine clinic?

Our hospital rotations are primarily held at Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta. The pediatric rotation is held at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, located 45 minutes north of the Murrieta campus. Housing is provided during all Children’s Hospital rotations. The family medicine continuity clinic for our residents is Rancho Family Medicine Clinic, which is located 15 minutes from the Murrieta campus.

Will I work with residents from other specialties during residency?

For most rotations, our residents are the only residents. The only exception is the inpatient pediatrics curriculum. This unopposed system provides a high volume of learning cases and a structured academic environment. It helps faculty members and other physicians prioritize our residents’ education.