Subspecialty Opportunities

Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) prides itself on the vast array of additional experiences offered during residency training. Residents are actively involved in fields of emergency medicine that many other programs can't provide. Attendings with years of experience in the arenas of international emergency medicine, ultrasound, and research enthusiastically involve EM residents at all stages of training.


CanoesLLUMC boasts the oldest international emergency medicine fellowship in the nation, providing residents unique opportunities not found in most emergency medicine residency programs. Directed by Debbie Washke, MD, the international emergency medicine program is actively working abroad throughout the year. The program plans and executes both humanitarian medical expeditions as well as projects designed to teach the practice of emergency medicine to countries developing the specialty. Interested residents are active participants in all aspects of these projects and many residents take the opportunity to travel and work abroad during their residency.

International Emergency Medicine Fellowship

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The Loma Linda University Department of Emergency Medicine offers a one-year fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound. The faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine has been actively using ultrasound in their practice and publishing the results of their research since the mid 90’s.  The curriculum for the fellowship follows the guidelines established by the American College of Emergency Physicians Ultrasound Section.  Fellows in Emergency Ultrasound will become proficient in its application through protected, clinical time devoted solely to ultrasound;  furthermore, the Department of Emergency Medicine has also hired a sonographer who is able to provide advanced instruction in the ED on actual emergency patients one day a week.  All ultrasound scans performed in the ED are stored on the medical-center wide DICOM system.  Fellows will also develop the teaching and research skills necessary to become leaders in academia and the community.  Our fellows have the opportunity to teach ultrasound to a range of learners, from first year medical students to our senior residents, and are also expected to complete one scholarly project during the year.  Administrative experience, including QI of ultrasound scans, is part of the curriculum for fellows.  Fellows also work clinically as attending physicians in the Loma Linda ED and as members of the attending staff, fellows have a wide range of opportunities to participate in all of the activities of the Loma Linda Department of Emergency Medicine.


The emergency medicine residency research program provides residents with a number of opportunities to participate in selected areas of interest. Loma Linda University emphasizes clinical research, leading the nation on such pertinent topics as sedation,  event medicine, international medicine, and pediatric emergency medicine. Animal and basic science research are also readily available within the University. The department has published significant numbers of peer-reviewed articles and citations in the last three years.