General Surgery

Surgical Residency Program

The General Surgery Residency Program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH) is a five-year program, approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, The American Board of Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons through the Residency Review Committee. The program matches four categorical general surgical residents per year.

SBCH has one of the longest running surgical training programs in the western United States. Founded in 1921, Cottage’s Surgical Residency Program has been fully approved since 1944, shortly after the founding of the American Board of Surgery.

The comprehensive surgical teaching program at SBCH combines progressive surgical education with clinical and research experience. General surgery residents acquire a variety of experiences and learn procedures covering the broad base of general surgery, including vascular, oncologic, gastrointestinal, thoracic, endocrine, pediatric, and colorectal surgery as well as trauma and surgical critical care. Optional training and experience are also provided in plastic, urologic, gynecologic, orthopedic, and neurologic surgery. The residency program provides a balance between patient-oriented activity in the clinics, acute care units, operating room, and intensive care units.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to recruit the finest possible candidates and train them to deliver compassionate, high quality patient care and achieve their maximum potential personally and professionally. Within a nurturing educational environment, we provide a patient-centered, evidence-based surgical experience in a very high-volume, community hospital. As one of the oldest training programs on the west coast, we continue to pride ourselves on the success of our extraordinary graduates who practice in both the community and University settings.

Program Aims

The aim of our program is to graduate competent and professional surgeons that are committed to the core values of excellence, integrity, and compassion. We aim to provide our residents unparalleled clinical and operative experience, robust didactics, simulation, conference curricula, and self-directed research opportunities. They are able to go directly into practice or obtain highly competitive fellowships.