Internal Medicine Residency Program Testimonials

“I could not have asked for a better match”

Choosing a residency is no easy task, but I could not have asked for a better match than with Cottage Hospital. The internal medicine residency program includes the best aspects of a small community hospital with the collegial feel and beautiful surrounding and a county hospital with diverse populations and pathology. The entire faculty displays passion for medicine that is infectious, provides endless teaching and inspires a sense of curiosity in all the residents. The learning environment is one of support and camaraderie. I am proud to be part of this family who has given me the opportunity to develop relationship with attendings, make lifelong relationships with peers, gain practical experience all in an exceptional academic setting.  I feel very fortunate to have a director whose priority is resident training and wellbeing.  And last but not least, Santa Barbara is a wonderful place to live when you have the time to enjoy!

Rebecca Salvo, D.O. 
Class of 2020

“I fell in love with the sense of connection”

After rotating at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital as a medical student, I fell in love with the sense of connection. The residents all seemed to operate as a family and had incredibly close relationships with the teaching faculty. After matching at SBCH I can confirm that my expectations were not only met but surpassed- it’s been an absolute privilege to train in an environment where I’m encouraged to be compassionate, team-driven, and constantly curious. My close bonds with our faculty have allowed me to feel comfortable asking questions- I’m encouraged to find my independence as a provider, but also know there is unequivocal support and assistance any time. My co-residents are some of my favorite people on the planet and it’s a gift to spend every day working so closely with such an encouraging, funny, and intelligent group. They make me better as a doctor, and I can only hope I offer the same to them. We’re collectively challenged by a diverse array of pathology, often caring for the most marginalized populations in the area. I’m so thankful to have undergone my residency training at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and would choose it again in a heartbeat.

Summer Baird, M.D. 
Class of 2021

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