The professional curriculum in medicine, usually requiring four academic years of study and experience in a university and hospital setting, was first offered at Loma Linda University in 1909. More than nine decades later, the events since 1909 seem blurred by the rapid changes that institutions of higher learning experience in an effort to keep pace with the growth of knowledge.
The first two years of medicine were always taught on the Loma Linda campus. From 1913 to the mid-1960s, the third and fourth years were taught in Los Angeles at what is now White Memorial Medical Center (the first part of which was built in 1918) and at nearby Los Angeles County Hospital (now Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center). Construction of Loma Linda University Medical Center (inclusive of clinical, teaching, and research facilities) allowed the entire four-year curriculum to be offered on and near the Loma Linda campus, beginning with school year 1966-67. The medical center was occupied in July 1967.