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PGY-3 Senior Research Project

In the PGY-3 year, four to eight hours per week of the resident’s schedule time may be devoted to a senior research project.

Areas of Suitable Direction for Senior Research Projects in Accordance with the ACPM’s Core Competencies and Performance Indicators for Preventive Medicine Residents:

  1. An epidemiologic or biostatistical analysis of an existing data set.
  2. Clinical trials in areas that pertain to preventive medicine.
  3. Application of preventive medicine principles in a clinical setting, such as implementing a new educational intervention or redesigning a research database collection at any of the residency training sites, (e.g. establishing pharmacologic intervention in a preventive medicine clinic, designing protocol for appropriate chart documentation, obtaining departmental and/or research institutional approval, managing the initiation of the educational program or clinic and designing the assessment and evaluation tools.)
  4. A complete review of the existing literature on the topic of prevention which has not previously been undertaken, which would lead to lecture material and preparation of a review article suitable for publication.
  5. International health field experience using the disciplines of research design, application of accurate demographic and assessment tools appropriate for the culture and setting. International field experiences should provide previously unavailable services in a manner that will continue after the project has been completed, or provide information to other researchers or agencies that can then provide the appropriate funding for continuation.

PGY-3 Elective Rotations

In the PGY-3 year, each quarter residents have a rotation at San Bernardino County Health Department, Patton State Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente, Fontana. The fourth quarter of the year is considered a flexible rotation where any of the above three rotations may be repeated or another approved training opportunity is requested, to expand a resident’s preventive medicine career development. The order of these quarter rotations is arranged for the entire year for all PGY-3 residents prior to July 1 each year, based on resident choices.

An elective experience “outside” the Loma Linda University system is optional for preventive medicine PGY-3 residents in good standing academically and clinically, who wish to include training opportunities that are not available in the training program’s current rotations.

Elective Request form, completed and signed by the elective rotation mentor and the resident’s program director. This form will be filed in the resident’s House Staff Office file.