Clinical Experience


A major strength of the surgical residency program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH) is the depth of clinical experience available. The patient population is extensive and diverse, since Cottage serves as a tertiary referral center and the major trauma center for the central coast of California. Surgical patients may be admitted to SBCH through the Santa Barbara County Health Services Surgical Clinic, which is primarily run by the Cottage surgical residents. Patients are also admitted by surgeons on the SBCH teaching staff, who are either in private practice or come from one of the multi-specialty clinics in the area.

In addition, patients are admitted through the SBCH Level II Trauma Center and the emergency departments at all three Cottage hospitals. Approximately 14,000 operations are performed annually in the 14 inpatient operating rooms at SBCH, and 4,500 are performed in the outpatient surgical center. Cottage is noted for its outstanding patient care, superb support services, state-of-the-art technology, and excellent teaching environment.

The surgery residents at SBCH care for both private and non-private patients within our facility. An affiliated ambulatory care facility is operated by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, including primary care, internal medicine continuity, and referral clinics to accommodate the needs of indigent patients of Santa Barbara County. These clinics are staffed primarily by SBCH internal medicine and surgery residents. This arrangement has been in place since the closure of the Santa Barbara County General Hospital in 1978, and has worked well for patients, residents, SBCH, and the Public Health Department.