General Surgery

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 three 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. 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.