WELCOME TO LOMA LINDA RADIOLOGY
We are making updates to our website to more accurately reflect our residency program. Here are some of the updates we made to our website
Our Radiology Residency Applicant Interviews will continue to be held remotely for the 2023-2024 interview season.
All positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program. Applications for residency positions are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service. Applications are processed and interviews are offered on a rolling basis.
To ensure a complete and timely review of your application, we strongly recommend that all materials are posted on the ERAS system prior to the opening date of ERAS, or as close to this date as possible.
The Interview Process
All applicants who are invited to interview, will be notified through ERAS and will receive a separate email from Thalamus, our interview management platform.
In order to maintain our standard interview process as much as possible, we are going to preserve the basic structure of our interview day. As a result, we would ask all applicants to set aside a half day for the interview day. Specific details about the interview day will be provided to those selected to interview. It is our sincere hope that the virtual interview process will resemble an on-site interview day as much as possible.
Dr. Erica Kinne (DR Program Director)– Dr. Kinne was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She then attended Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN where she completed her undergraduate degree in business administration. She next earned her medical doctorate degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine (2008). Dr. Kinne stayed at Loma Linda for her radiology residency. Then, she went to the University of California San Diego for a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology. She then returned to the LLUMC department of radiology faculty in 2014. Dr. Kinne’s interests include running, cycling, golf, and traveling.
Dr. Eric Peters (DR Associate Program Director)–Dr. Peters was born in the high desert of Southern California. He attended UC Riverside for his undergraduate degree in Chemistry, followed by several years off when he worked for a startup designing and testing novel thermoelectric devices for heating, cooling, and solid-state power generation. He then went to LLU for medical school (2013) followed by an internship in Spokane, WA and Radiology Residency at LLUMC where he pioneered the dual certification pathway in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Radiology, followed by an additional Neuroradiology fellowship also at LLUMC. He then joined the faculty at LLUMC practicing both Neuroradiology and Nuclear Radiology. Dr. Peters’ interests outside of work include building personal computers, snow skiing, and spending time in the local mountains.
Dr. Kyle Cooper (IR/DR Program Director) – Dr. Cooper was born and raised in Michigan. He attended medical school at the University of Toledo, was the first-ever graduate of the Clinical IR Pathway (precursor to the IR/DR Residency) at The Ohio State University, and completed his fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (“Miami Vascular.”) After starting his career as an attending at the University of Michigan, he joined the Loma Linda faculty in 2018, where he serves as the Associate Director of IR and Program Director for the integrated and independent IR residency programs. His clinical and research focuses are in the realm of vascular disease, including complex veno-occlusive disease, peripheral arterial disease and critical limb ischemia, aneurysms, dissections, complex dialysis interventions, and endovascular arteriovenous dialysis fistula creation. Outside work, he enjoys racing his road bike throughout the United States. He is married to his high school sweetheart Alisha, who raises alpacas and llamas on their small farm close to the hospital and has two school-aged sons. On his experience since coming to LLU: “Other than choosing my wonderful wife as my partner, moving to California and coming to Loma Linda University specifically were the two best decisions of my life.”
Dr. Paggie Kim (Neuroradiology Fellowship Program Director) – Dr. Kim was born and raised in Hong Kong until the age of 17 when her family moved to the United States. She earned her undergraduate degree at UC-Riverside and completed her MD degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine (2008). She then completed her radiology residency, pediatric radiology fellowship, and neuroradiology fellowship at LLUMC. She earned her MPH degree in Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2017. Dr. Kim has a particular interest in research and is currently working on multiple projects related to physiologic imaging utilizing MRI. Outside of work, Dr. Kim enjoys spending time with her family, running, cooking, skiing, reading, and cycling.
Dr. Kaci Dudley (DR Assistant Program Director) – Dr. Dudley grew up in Temecula/Murrieta, CA. She went to Seattle University for her undergraduate degree in Biology. She then completed her MD at the American University of the Caribbean in St Maarten (2014) and spent her third year of medical school in London, UK. She received an MPH with a Global Health focus from George Washington University before completing a surgery internship and radiology residency at Loma Linda. She then went to UCSF to complete an Abdominal Imaging/Ultrasound fellowship before returning to LLU as faculty in the Body and Ultrasound departments. She looks forward to bringing more of a radiology presence to the Global Health landscape at LLU. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking and exploring with her fiancé and two Australian Shepherds, traveling, swimming, and hot yoga.
Dr. Burns-Benggon (DR Assistant Program Director) was born in Fresno, California and grew up in a small town near the gateway to Yosemite. She attended La Sierra University in Riverside where she earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical science. She then attended medical school at Loma Linda University and completed her internship, radiology residency, and neuroradiology fellowship here at LLUMC. Jen is a full-time neuroradiology attending and has special interests in pediatric neuroradiology and spine intervention. She enjoys time outside of the hospital with her husband, Sean, son Logan, and daughter Lily. Some of her other interests include yoga, baking, and Disneyland trips with her family.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a program application deadline? If yes, what is
the cutoff date?
We do not have a program application deadline; however, those who get their applications in earlier are more likely to considered for an invitation to interview.
How long is the interview day?
The details of the 2021-2022 virtual interview day will be released in the interview offer letters. The interview days should last approximately half a day.
What are the selection criterion?
Our criteria for selecting applicants for interviews are based on a review of the complete ERAS application including personal statement and experiences, research, letters of recommendation, MSPE, and USMLE and/or COMPLEX scores.
How many days does the LLU Radiology program interview?
We plan to offer about 5 interview days this year.
How will Loma Linda University conduct interviews in the 2022-2023 application cycle?
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, our Radiology Residency Applicant Interviews will be held remotely.
Do you offer a preliminary year as part of your program?
For our DR and IR/DR programs, we do not have an attached preliminary year.
Is there a minimum score requirement for the USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 CK?
Scores matter, but there is no minimum requirement.
Is there an attempt limit for either exam?
No, as long as a passing score can be confirmed.
Is there a time since graduation cut off?
Can I interview on a date other than the ones you are offering?
Who reviews the applications and selects the candidates for interviews?
A review committee chaired by the program director and associate program director review the applications and select candidates to be interviewed. Applicants are notified on a rolling basis.
Which documents are required in order to apply?
A copy of the documents listed below is required with your ERAS application. An applicant’s file will not be considered if the file is incomplete.
– Curriculum Vitae
– USMLE Scores (COMLEX scores accepted in lieu of the USMLE scores)
– Medical School Transcript
– 3 current letters of recommendations. Program Director’s Verification / Summative Evaluation Letter (required of applicants with U.S. residency training experience)
What are the requirements for International Medical Graduates applying to your Residency Program?
Please see our GME website for questions related to International Medical Graduates:
Do you require any research experience?
No; however, research experience can strengthen your application.
What is considered an acceptable Clinical Base Year?
Prior to appointment, residents must have successfully completed a clinical year consisting of training in a program accredited by the ACGME, RCPSC, or CFPC in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, surgery or surgical specialties, or any combination. This may also comprise an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited transitional year program. A maximum of two months of elective rotations in diagnostic radiology (must be in an ACGME- or RCPSC- accredited program) is allowed.
Will your program be participating in the National Residency Matching Program?
How many positions will be available through the NRMP Match?
We offer 8 positions in Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program and 2 positions in the IR/DR Residency Program. One of the eight positions in the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program has the option to be the Early Specialization in Interventional Neuroradiology track.
Do you accept applications from osteopathic (DO) medical students?
Our Department invites both MD and DO students for interviews and has trained both in our residency and fellowship programs.
Are elective rotation opportunities available in your program for residents from an External Institution?
Not at this time.
Are observerships and externships opportunities available in your program?
Not at this time.
Do you need to receive all of my recommendation letters before reviewing my application?
Does the department offer fellowships?
Yes, Loma Linda University offers fellowships in Neuroradiology, Pediatric Radiology, Independent Interventional Radiology, Body/Musculoskeletal Radiology, and Mammography.
Is the residency program accredited by the ACGME?
Yes, all of our residency programs are ACGME accredited.
Do you offer an Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) Pathway?
Yes, our program has been approved by the ACGME for up to 3 residents per year. The ESIR pathway provides qualified residents the opportunity for extensive interventional radiology (IR) experience within the residency program, including a focused fourth-year curriculum dedicated to IR and IR-related rotations. Residents who train in the ESIR pathway may be eligible to start in an advanced position within an independent IR residency program after satisfactory completion of the DR Program. Instead of doing a two-year independent IR residency after a DR residency, the ESIR graduate will be able to apply for advanced standing and complete a one year independent IR residency program instead.
Do you offer any other Early Specialization Pathways?
Yes, through fourth year flexibility, specialized pathways can be designed for any specialty. In particular, we currently offer a specialized pathway for Early Specialization in Interventional Neuroradiology.
Are there specific requirements for numbers of letters of recommendation?
Yes, we require three letters of recommendation.
Does your program sponsor any Visas?
If an applicant is ECFMG certified and has completed and passed USMLE Step 1, 2, 3, the program will support the H1B visa. An ECFMG J1 visa is also supported.
What is the current GME contract?
More information about the Collective Bargaining Agreement (contract, pay, and benefits) can be found at the link below.
Is there a book allowance?
As a LLUHEC resident and fellow, you are eligible for $1000 reimbursement per academic year for the following educational and license fees incurred while completing your residency with us within our policy guidelines:
- USMLE Step 3 or COMLEX Level 3
- PTL, CA Medical License, DEA certificate
- Books, Journals, Electronic Subscriptions
- Professional Medical Society Membership Dues
- Electronic Device: smartphone, tablet, laptop, or PC only
- Scientific /Medical Meeting or Course Registration fees
- Travel for Scientific/Medical Meeting or Courses
Is there time to attend conferences? If so, is there funding for conference attendance?
Residents who are accepted to present as first author at nationally recognized conferences are granted dedicated “Conference Time” separate from their vacation days. Upon approval, the program pays for some of the expenses accumulated for conference attendance with variable reimbursement for different levels of research involvement. In addition, residents are partially reimbursed to attend either the annual RSNA or ARRS conference once during residency.
What are some academic resources available to the residents?
Residents have individualized subscriptions to E-anatomy, StatDX, and RadPrimer. As members of the American Board of Radiology, American College of Radiology, and Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, residents have access to their online and physical disseminated news bulletins and other academic resources. Additionally, all residents have access to the full compendium of the Loma Linda University Radiology Library, with the ability to access digital and physical copies of Radiographics and other popular journals.
Feel Free To Contact Us
Diagnostic Radiology Program Coordinator
Claudia De Dios Uribe
909-558-4000 ext 87814