Program Overview & Details

Year One

The initial portion of the first year of residency in Diagnostic Radiology is spent in the Diagnostic Radiology Department at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The resident works with staff to gain basic introductory experience in plain film interpretation, fluoroscopic procedures, and cross-sectional imaging with CT and ultrasound. Following this one month introduction, residents enter into the general rotation schedule, with rotations in ultrasound, abdominal imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, thoracic imaging, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, and cross-sectional interventional.

Year Two

During the second year, the residents assume their first overnight on-call responsibilities. They repeat rotations in ultrasound, abdominal imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, thoracic imaging, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, and cross-sectional interventional. The second year also includes a first exposure to mammography and a 6-week rotation of pediatric radiology and nuclear medicine at Children's Hospital LA. A four week block is also available to residents who have interest in performing a research project.

Years Three and Four

Third year residents attend the four week radiologic-pathology correlation course sponsored by the American College of Radiology in Silver Spring, MD, and spend a second 6-week rotation at Children's Hospital LA for pediatric radiology and nuclear medicine, in addition to rotating through the core rotations at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Senior residents take a more active role in interventional procedures and play a greater role in diagnostic mammography.

During the fourth year, residents spend a month at the University of Southern California doing advanced cardiothoracic imaging, including cardiac MRI, and spend four weeks in obstetrical ultrasound in the Perinatology Department at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Program Details


The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at SBCH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The most recent continued accreditation was in April 2019. The next ACGME site visit will be in the fall of 2022.


Four residents are accepted into the program through the National Resident Matching Program (Advanced Program S-62). At least one year of clinical training in a U.S. ACGME-accredited program is required prior to entry into the radiology residency program, and USMLE Step 3 must be completed prior to beginning radiology residency. The program supports J1 Visas.

Application to the program is made through Electronic Residency Application Service.

The following information/documentation is required with ERAS applications:

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • US Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), if foreign medical graduate

Application deadline is October 1.


During the first year, the residents are assigned the preparation and presentation of the Radiology-Pathology Correlation Conferences. Second year residents present at Tumor Board Conferences. Noon conferences specifically for the radiology residents are provided by the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Radiology staff and supplemented by a variety of hospital conferences, including didactic lectures, tumor board, medical and surgical grand rounds, and subspecialty conferences in gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and pulmonary medicine, as well as critical-thinking skills conferences.


SBCH’s state-of-the-art Diagnostic Radiology Department houses:

  • Four digital General Electric radiologic and fluoroscopic rooms
  • Two dedicated digital angiography suites
  • One additional digital multipurpose special procedures room


  • Two 64-slice GE HD 750
  • One 256-slice GE Revolution
  • One 64-slice GE Lightspeed VCT


  • One GE 3 Tesla 750
  • One GE HDx Signa 3T
  • One Siemens Espree Wide-Bore 1.5T
  • One Siemens Verio 3T


  • One Hologic Selenia Digital Mammography Suite


  • Three GE Logiq E9
  • One Siemens Sequioa


  • Four Philips Digital X-Ray Machines (two with C-arm capability)

SBCH installed a picture archiving and communication system in 1998. The Radiology Department is entirely filmless.


In-Training Examination

Each year, residents take the In-Training Examination conducted by the American College of Radiology. This allows comparison of progress with other residents nationwide.


1st year (R-2) Rotation Blocks

1 block=4 weeks

Orientation (Plain film, CT, US) - 1 block
Ultrasound - 2 blocks
Abdominal Imaging - 2 blocks
Musculoskeletal - 1 block
Thoracic Imaging - 2 blocks
Neuroradiology - 2 blocks
Nuclear Medicine - 1 block
Interventional Radiology - 1 block
Float - 1 block

2nd year (R-3) Rotation
Abdominal Imaging - 1-2 blocks
Ultrasound - 1 block
Nuclear Medicine - 1-2 blocks
Interventional Radiology - 1-2 blocks
Thoracic Imaging - 1 block
Mammography - 1-2 blocks
Neuroradiology - 1 block
Musculoskeletal - 1-2 blocks
Pediatric Radiology (Children's Hospital LA) - 1 block
Float - 1 block

3rd year (R-4) Rotation
Abdominal Imaging - 1 block
Ultrasound - 1 block
Nuclear Medicine - 1 block
Interventional Radiology - 1 block
Thoracic Imaging - 1 block
Musculoskeletal - 1 block
Mammography - 1 block
Neuroradiology - 1 block
Pediatric Radiology (Children's Hospital LA) - 1 block
American Institute of Radiology Pathology - 1 block
Research - 1 block
Elective - 1 block
Float - 1 block

4th year (R-5) Rotation
Interventional / Cross-sectional Intervention - 2 blocks
Nuclear Medicine - 2 blocks
Mammography - 2 blocks
Neuroradiology - 1 block
Obstetrical Ultrasound - 1 block
Cardiovascular Imaging - 2 blocks
Advanced Cardiothoracic (USC, LAC) - 1 block
Musculoskeletal - 1 block
Float - 1 block

Mission Statement

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is a not-for-profit acute care community hospital with the mission of serving the region with excellence, integrity, and compassion by providing superior health care to the Cottage Health community.

Our educational program is tailored to provide comprehensive training in all aspects of diagnostic and interventional radiology in preparing our graduates for the independent practice of radiology in a community setting similar to the community that this institution serves. Our radiology residency’s mission and program aims closely aligns with our institution’s mission.

Program Aims

  • Train residents to enter the independent practice of radiology in both the inpatient and outpatient environments in a community setting.
  • Prepare residents to pursue further subspecialty training.
  • Teach residents to act as a radiology consultant.
  • Model behavior to promote excellence in professionalism.

Cottage residents have progressed to post-residency fellowships at prestigious hospitals across the country. View a complete list of recent graduate fellowship placements.

Contact Us

Selena Kelley

For more information about the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program, contact Selena Kelley, Radiology Residency Coordinator, at (805) 569-7573.