Rural Family Medicine

Brief Description

A 2 week or 4 week outpatient family medicine experience in a rural primary care practice.


Students will improve communication and patient-care skills, develop expertise in management of common outpatient problems, including assessing and motivating appropriate preventive health interventions and coordination of care with community resources and specialists.

Learning Experience

The student will spend the majority of this 2 or 4 week elective in an outpatient setting seeing patients in the Bassett Healthcare office in Cobleskill with Dr. Wright, a board certified family physician. On occasion, students may also work with Dr. Wright's colleagues including MD's, DO's, FNP's, and PA's. Emphasis will be placed on developing excellent diagnostic and treatment skills, careful resource utilization, and superb patient-physician relationships. Patients will be seen independently and presented. A 1 to 2 page reflective writing piece is required on completion of the elective as part of the learning experience.


Feedback will be given continuously throughout the elective. No formal examination will be given.


A formal evaluation of the student will be done at the end of the elective.


Housing is provided in Cooperstown, when available (30 miles away).  A vehicle is MANDATORY AND NOT PROVIDED.  No housing is available during June and July.

Course Director

Dr. Darah Wright


Dr. Wright and members of the provider staff at Bassett Healthcare Network, Cobleskill Health Center.

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