Facts and Figures


Starting June 2014, we are increasing our complement to eight categorical Internal Medicine Residents for each of the R1, R2, and R3 years; there is no pyramid nor is there competition for future positions among the residents.  In addition, there are five preliminary-year residents who are treated equally with the categorical R1s.  There are no fellows in Internal Medicine subspecialties.



Each ward team manages both private and non-private patients.  About 5%-10% of the inpatients are private; their care is supervised by the private attending.  The remainder of the service consists of County patients, whose care is supervised by Drs. Bookspan, Hosea and Bordofsky.  Critically ill patients are manage by a separate, multidisciplinary ICU team under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Fried.


Night Call


First-year residents have approximately five of 13 rotations without on-call duties during the year. While on the wards, in-hospital call is every sixth night, with arrangements made for late arrival on call days and early departure the next day.


R2s and R3s

We have a very efficient and effective night float schedule for R2’s and R3’s. The residents on the wards have no overnight call during those ward rotations. Other senior residents cover from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. for one-week blocks, with no daytime responsibilities. Each R2 and R3 has approximately 3.5 blocks of night float per year.



The Internal Medicine Residency Program is affiliated with the Department of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine. Although medical residents do not rotate between hospitals, 3rd and 4th year students from USC undertake rotations at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.


Ancillary Services

The hospital has comprehensive 24-hour support services; the residents unequivocally do not perform 'scut' work.