General Surgery

Welcome to the homepage for the General Surgery Program at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.  Bassett Medical Center has had a long tradition of commitment to medical education and surgery training has been a part of that commitment for over 50 years.  We recently applied for and were granted a complement increase whereby our residency is expanding yearly and we will finish our first class of three Chief Residents in 2013.  Our program offers a broad range of surgical experience not found in most university programs.  Because we have no competing subspecialty residencies, our residents have greater depth and breadth of exposure to a whole host of surgical subspecialty diseases and operative management.  However, we still have the depth and breadth of general surgery offered elsewhere.  Our residents live and train in a small town, which provides unique experiences and opportunities.  Our dedicated teaching faculty is readily available and frequently seen in non-surgical settings.

We are excited with the new opportunities for growth of our program.  We believe that this will allow us to further advance education initiatives and cutting edge learning opportunities.  We provide this in a setting that allows for a friendly, close relationship with the teaching faculty with all the rigors and opportunities of major university programs.

We are not a community program!  We are affiliated with Columbia University, but more importantly we have an educational model which is much more akin to a small university as it begs its growth and development into a major academic medical center.  We are academically productive with significant visibility in multiple national organizations.  Our Mithoefer Center for Rural Surgery has been a leader in investigating and promoting healthcare issues that affect rural America, especially pertaining to general surgery. 

We are compliant with ACGME and New York State Duty Hour Regulations and are committed to optimal surgical education within this framework.

As program director, I am personally committed to your education and growth as a surgeon.  We are committed to providing the best training possible whether you desire further fellowship training or general surgery practice.

We welcome any and all questions related to our program.  We encourage you to consider our program and look forward to meeting you someday in Cooperstown.

Sincerely,

David Borgstrom, M.D
Program Director in Surgery