Columbia-Bassett Class of 2015

Columbia-Bassett Class of 2015 

Cooperstown, NY - The second class of medical students to be accepted to the Columbia-Bassett Medical School Program spent a week in Cooperstown, August 8-12, getting to know the Bassett Medical Center campus as well as the community they will return to in January of 2013.

The first day of orientation week was spent working alongside area business owners. Some of the students worked at a farm in Fly Creek, some helped build a barn roof, others worked at a local health food store and others at a leather store. Tuesday found the students interacting with residents of Otsego Manor, Pathfinder Village, the Thanksgiving Home, Springbrook and the Fox Rehabilitation Center.

David Chapel, who comes to the Columbia-Bassett program from the University of Michigan, said, " I chose Columbia-Bassett because of its emphasis on communities. Throughout this week, I've seen that principle in action. I've spent time in the larger Otsego County community, the Bassett Healthcare community, and the community made up of the ten students in my class. I'm really looking forward to returning in January 2013 for my major clinical year, when Columbia-Bassett's longitudinal curriculum will give me the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with several patients in the community. After this week, I know I'm in the best medical training program in the country!"

The week in Cooperstown also included:
 a dinner session with James Carse, professor emeritus, New York University and author of “Finite and Infinite Games”, discussing the forces that influence people and dominate business and politics;
 a discussion session with a professor from Columbia’s School of Business about health care finance and medical errors;
 shadowing doctors in the outpatient clinic and in the hospital setting;
 visits to the SUNY Biological Field Station, the New York State Historical Association, Glimmerglass Opera, and they tried their hands at making pottery.

Dr. Henry Weil, Columbia’s assistant dean for education at Bassett, and Dr. Walter Franck, Columbia’s senior associate dean at Bassett, say they developed the week of orientation with three goals in mind. First, to provide an opportunity for these aspiring physicians to understand their patients as people by seeing them in the environment in which they live and work. Second, to give the students a taste of a curriculum designed to graduate physicians who understand and can lead the health systems of the future. Third, to expose the students to options for personal growth and learning.

The 10 students who comprise the Columbia-Bassett Class of 2015 were selected out of a pool of 698 applicants based on their overall talents, including their interest and commitment to service and improving heath care systems. The Medical College Admission Test scores (MCATs) of this second class average 36.2, among the highest average in the country. The students are: Alana Aylward, New York University; Bryan Block, Dartmouth College; Billie Borden, Middlebury College; Kathleen Breeding, Dartmouth College; Robert Brickley, Williams College; David Chapel, University of Michigan; Margaret Dowd, University of Notre Dame; Annette Georgia, Smith College; Adam Hsu, University of Chicago; and Seth Mathern, University of Wyoming.

The class will spend its first 18 months at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons before returning to Bassett in January of 2012 for two and a half years of clinical training.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Bassett Medical Center announced the creation of the Columbia-Bassett program in May of 2009 in response to a call for the nation’s medical schools to explore ways to better equip physicians to deal with the health care needs of the 21st century.