Program Director's Welcome

In navigating this site, you can learn of the multiple educational opportunities in which our residents participate.

We finish 6 chief residents each year.  In a usual year, there are 53 residents rotating to 6 hospitals.  About half of the total cases done by residents are done at LLUMC in various rotations.  The hospitals affiliated with our program include:

  • Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC)
  • Loma Linda University Children's Hospital (LLUCH)
  • Loma Linda VA Medical Center (LLVAMC)
  • Riverside University Health System (RUHS) - in Moreno Valley
  • Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) - in Colton
  • Malamulo Adventist Hospital (MAH) - in Malawi, Africa

The diversity of these settings and patient populations gives our residents a well-rounded clinical and technical experience.

  • PGY-1 residents spend approximately 6 months in general surgery and 6 months in subspecialty rotations.
  • PGY-2 residents spend time on SICU, burn, general surgery, pediatric surgery, and vascular.
  • PGY-3 residents rotate through two of our program's hospitals. The rotations include general surgery, ENT, thoracic, vascular and pediatric surgery.
  • PGY-4 residents have senior level responsibility on acute care surgery and general surgery rotations. These rotations are at LLUMC, RUHS and the VA.  We also have added an international rotation in tropical surgery in Malawi, Africa.
  • PGY-5 is divided among three of the integrated institutions: LLUMC and LLVAMC.  Each  resident spends 2 months as the chief resident at LLUMC.

Our residents have mostly gone to community practice, but many have gone into academic careers.  Over 80% of our graduates go on to fellowship programs.

At LLUMC, there are surgical fellowships including:

Complex General Surgical Oncology - 2 years

Minimally Invasive Surgery - 1 year

Vascular - 2 years

Cardiothoracic - 3 years

Pediatric - 2 years

These have not detracted from general surgery experience because of the broad clinical experience in the program.  Vascular surgery, for example, guarantees a minimum number of cases of certain types, such as AAA repair.

Research as a dedicated effort is available after the second year.  Several faculty members have ongoing research projects, and we have contacts with labs in many areas in which residents can be placed.  We guarantee return to the program after research for a specific period of time.  We encourage early planning of a project so that funding and time can be planned.

Living in this area is pleasant, with opportunity for recreation of great variety available within a short distance.  Los Angeles, with its varied entertainment and social opportunities, is only a short freeway drive away.  Beaches, skiing and hiking in the local mountains and desert are a short distance.  Housing is less expensive than LA or other major metropolitan areas but higher than in the Midwest or less populated areas.

We have four incredibly gifted Associate Program Directors that are all passionate about resident education: Dr. Naveen Solomon, Dr. Joanne Baerg, Dr. Afshin Molkara, and Dr. Kristine Zmaj .

I hope that you find this information useful.  Do not hesitate to contact me if you need more information.


Jukes P. Namm, MD

Program Director

General Surgery Residency

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