Ambulatory Clinic Experience - Pediatric Residency Program

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Residency Applications

For more info email the Cottage Children's Medical Center Pediatric Residency program coordinator, Sabrina Orfalea, or call 805-569-7464.

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The Ambulatory Clinic Experience is at the center of pediatric residency training as this is where residents learn the basics of normal and abnormal examinations, common pediatric concerns, and childhood development.

The residents will have two blocks of ambulatory clinic experience in the first and second years; there is an option of one additional block in their third year. The ambulatory experience will expose residents to acute care visits for common pediatric complaints, normal and abnormal physical and emotional growth and development, health promotion and disease prevention, management of chronic and acute medical conditions, as well as family and environmental issues as they affect the child.

Advocates for Change

Goleta Neighborhood Clinic

Goleta Neighborhood Clinic

The ambulatory clinic experience for Cottage Children’s Medical Center pediatric residents is based within a Federally-Qualified Health Center, the Goleta Neighborhood Clinic. Our mission is that residents will learn to provide comprehensive care to underserved populations, while also becoming attuned to the ways in we can address the barriers to health that are created by social, racial and cultural inequities.

Residents who complete the pediatric residency at Cottage Children’s Medical Center will be prepared to become advocates for change and work toward improved care for vulnerable populations.

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics

The mission of Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) is to provide high quality, comprehensive, affordable healthcare to all people, regardless of their ability to pay, in an environment that fosters respect, compassion and dignity.

SBNC serves low-income, medically underserved, uninsured, underinsured, working individuals, families, the unemployed, immigrants and those who are homeless. In 2020, SBNC served 19,282 patients, of which 90% are low-income and SBNC served 4,741 children.

The Goleta Neighborhood Clinic was formed in 2014 after the need was identified to provide medical care to low-income patients living in this part of the county. The Goleta Neighborhood Clinic provides comprehensive pediatric care to 1,544 pediatric patients annually which includes well child and adolescent exams, immunizations, sports physicals, consultations about behavioral health concerns and visits to manage acute and chronic problems.

Goleta Neighborhood Clinic has integrated Behavioral Health where licensed therapists are physically present in the pediatric examination workflow and are able to work with children and their families who may be experiencing or displaying a variety of concerns. Wellness Navigators are available as part of the Health Promotion Services, connecting patients to needed community resources.

Ambulatory Clinic Faculty

Andria Barnes Ruth MD, FAAP

Andria Ruth MD, FAAP

Andria Ruth received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale College and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Boston where she was the chief resident and the Dyson Fellow in Pediatric Advocacy and General Pediatrics.

After practicing in the General Pediatric Faculty Practice at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she relocated to Santa Barbara in 2004, where she practices General Pediatrics at the Goleta Neighborhood Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center.

She has served as the medical director for the Santa Barbara Resiliency Project and co-chair of the Pediatric Resiliency Collaborative, which focus on screening and intervention for children exposed to adverse childhood experiences and the promotion of resilience for these children and their families.

Contact Us

Cottage Children's Medical Center

Cottage Children's Pediatric Residency Program

Phone: 805-569-7464
Fax: 805-569-8358

400 W. Pueblo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Program Coordinator
Sabrina Orfalea

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