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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by UCLABruin, Jun 1, 2002.
Anyone know what Loma Linda's med. school is like? I am interested in it. Thanks.
Are you a 7th Day adventist?
I know that Loma Linda is basically a 7th Day Adventist city... I live nearby. I just wasn't sure if Loma Linda med. school is a good school or not.
It's the worst in CA...but that doesn't say much.
they have some religious requirement. i think it's like prayer once a week?
plus you can't like smoke or drink... or like they don't like it.
but you get to stay in CA.
I think Loma Linda is a good school, not one of the best but a good school. I am SDA so I am seriously considering Loma Linda. As for the lifestyle requirements, I don't think they make you pray, but they may have some kind of chapel requirement that you have to attend once a week. The school is a religous insitution so you can expect that the teachers may make reference to God making an organ or something like that. You are also not suppose to smoke or drink. Of course if they don't know . . . . I am curious to see what others think of the school.
So do they prefer SDA students? or can non-SDA people apply?
Do you have any stats for acceptance/rejections etc. for non-SDA applicants?
</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by The Philosopher:
<strong>So do they prefer SDA students? or can non-SDA people apply?
Do you have any stats for acceptance/rejections etc. for non-SDA applicants?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Non-SDAs can apply but the school does give preference to SDAs. The church views medicine as part of their mission so they want to accept all qualified (whatever that means) SDA applicants because the church believes that doctors can help minister to people. However, I am aware of several non-SDAs at Loma Linda, but it is more difficult and they will probably ask you why you are applying to Loma Linda if you are not SDA.
How about Christians? Any preference?
BTW, STi555, I am from Redlands, too.
A friend of mine applied there... she withdrew her application after they asked for a recommendation from her priest!! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />
I applied to LLU this year and was accepted. (I'm not going though, mostly b/c I also got into public schools, and just am not interested in extra debt.)
Anyway, yes, there is a chapel requirement (as in, you have to go once a week), and they are very serious about the lifestyle stuff (no drinking and smoking)--I'm Episcopalian, and I was very plain about that fact on my application--and before granting my admission, they called me to make sure I could handle the no-drinking bit. (I said I drank moderately and responsibly on the app.--plus, I take wine with the Eucharist each Sunday.) They are also very serious about the Sabbath, which they keep from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. Apparently, most businesses in the town close (although this would really be no inconvinience, you are in LA, afterall) and the library closes--pretty much everything but the hospital. A lot of adventists also follow a fairly strict diet--the hospital cafeteria is vegetarian (not vegan, though), which I thought was pretty sweet. I think they do offer meat choices to patients. Basically, the bottom line, from my experiences with the school (admittedly limited--please, LLU students: chime in!) is that if you're SDA, it'd be a terrific place for you. If you're otherwise protestant, and are willing to change a few of your denominational patterns, or at least respect those of the adventist church, you'll be happy there. If you're not a person who considers Jesus to be central to your religious life (or if you don't particularly have or want a religious life), you might be happier going to a different medical school.
PS. UCLABruin--I do think non-Adventist Christians get an edge in admissions. My interviewers were very interested to hear all about my faith and my religious journey--I was a missionary before college and they asked many questions about that. But I think it can't be something you just write on the app. If you're bluffing, my guess is, they'll be able to tell.
English Chick did a good job describing the school and I agree that being a Christian would help your chances at admission. I am curious English Chick, did the school not want you to take the Eucharist wine? I would think that they should be able to deal with that but some adventists go a little crazy on the alcohol thing. Was your interviewer Dr. Thorn?
UCLABruin glad to see another Redlands person.
I'm actually in Redlands right now. My parents live here. From my understanding of LLU, they do heavily favor SDA's, then they favor religous (not only christians) applicants, and then people with ties to Loma Linda. So if you want to go there, you really need to prove to them that you fall into one of these catagories in the primary or secondary app.
They were OK with the use of wine for purposes relating to the sacrament, but not for recreation. I told them I would be able to adhere to that standard and they seemed comfortable with that level of commitment to their lifestyle requirements.