Internal Medicine Residency Program


To apply for the Internal Medicine externship, download the application below. For more information please email Lauren Cox at


The Internal Medicine Residency Program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH) is a three-year program, approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and authorized by the Council to provide training as preparation for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine. All inpatient rotations take place at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to create a nurturing educational environment in which Residents learn to provide superior health for, and improve the health of, our communities through a commitment to the core values of excellence, integrity, and compassion.

Program Aims

  • Clinical Training - The program's primary aim is to train physicians in internal medicine in preparation for a career as a confident primary care internist or hospitalist, or as the foundation for success in subsequent fellowship training.
  • Learning Environment - In addition, the program aims to foster an environment of respect, collegiality, teamwork, and humane treatment of residents, along with an emphasis on a balanced life.
  • Faculty Mentoring/Modeling - Toward the goals of providing excellence in patient care, program faculty aim to model intellectual curiosity, lifelong learning, professionalism, social consciousness, an awareness of population health issues, and the provision of an environment where residents can safely assume graded responsibility.
  • Leadership - We strive to graduate superbly trained clinicians who excel in crystallizing and synthesizing medical problems, who appreciate the subtleties of patient-physician interactions and the bio-psychosocial process, and who will be leaders and role models in practicing interdisciplinary care and functioning in highly accountable organizations in the future.

We achieve these aims by assisting each resident in becoming the practicing physician he/she aspires to be, while maintaining a balanced approach to life. There is an incredible degree of flexibility and personalization built into each resident's training, in order to best serve one's professional goals.

Being intensely involved in the process of medical reasoning and the art of clinical decision making presents daily challenges and gratifications.

Our environment is one of collegiality and teamwork, engendering incredible opportunities for learning. Due to the hospital's superb computer systems and outstanding ancillary services, one's educational time and energy are utilized in a highly efficient manner. We honor each resident's idealism and spirit, rather than draining those traits.

Our graduates are successful, both on the ABIM exam and in practice. Those who have decided to pursue subspecialty training consistently have secured quality fellowships of their choosing.

Contact Us

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

For more information about the Internal Medicine Residency Program please contact Lauren Cox at