• Internal Medicine

    dr_bischof.jpgWelcome From the Program Director
    Edward F. Bischof, M.D.
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
    College of Physicians and Surgeons,
    Columbia University

    Welcome to the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York. Our program offers Internal Medicine training in:

    • A traditional 3 year Categorical Internal Medicine Residency
    • A 1 year Preliminary Medicine Residency

    The Internal Medicine Residency programs provide broad-based clinical experiences in an atmosphere of high academic standards and personalized training. Since Bassett's earliest history in the 1920s, educating physicians has been a central force in the organization's evolution. Bassett's mission has always included education, patient care and research. Our medical education programs unite a clear philosophy of internal medicine training with a diverse patient population, an outstanding faculty and house staff, and opportunities for residents to do research.

    The goals of the institution are:

    • To provide primary and tertiary health care services to a widely dispersed population
    • To provide residents and medical students with experiential, hands-on management of patients and exposure to medical issues covering the full spectrum of contemporary medical care in an inquisitive and supportive setting

    There are no private physicians at Bassett. Our entire faculty is full-time and salaried. Comprehensive patient care is achieved by a team of residents, students, and 1 attending physician. Residents are responsible for all aspects of the management of patient care.

    As you visit our web pages, we hope you will receive a good introduction to our programs, Bassett Healthcare, and the community.


    • Training within a model progressive Healthcare System, serving 12,000 square miles and providing 517,000 outpatient visits per year
    • Residents have the opportunity to participate in a research project. This is made possible by the E. Donnall Thomas program, which provides funds to support resident research. Residents work with a member of the senior attending staff to write a proposal and conduct the research. The resident is encouraged to present the findings at a national meeting, and then publish in a peer-reviewed journal.
    • A full-time, salaried faculty which is focused on patient care, teaching, and research
    • Longstanding affiliations with Columbia University, and Albany 
    • Residents undertake progressive autonomy and responsibility for patient care decision-making
    • Technical support services perform nearly all ancillary procedures which allows the resident to spend more time at the patients' bedside.

    Why choose Internal Medicine at Bassett?

    Bassett Medical Center is a unique rural health delivery network, nationally recognized as a model of integrated healthcare. Bassett is a network of primary and specialty care providers dedicated to patient care, teaching and research at sites around the region. By integrating these endeavors, our approach to caring is comprehensive and progressive. The Bassett Division of General Medicine is a model system of primary care. Medical sub-specialists augment this primary care-based system by conveying state-of-the-art care in all of the medical subspecialties.

    Patient Mix:

    Located at the base of Otsego Lake, one of New York's most beautiful lakes, Bassett is a tertiary care center providing care to a population of 432,000 in the 8 county region and sees 517,000 visits annually. The catchment area served covers 12,000 square miles with 20 regional health centers within 100 miles of Cooperstown. We provide care to people from every walk of life and occupation, from rural to suburban to small urban.


    By providing residents with a broad-based experience in both general and subspecialty internal medicine delivered in a rural setting, Bassett offers a unique opportunity for residency training that is sufficiently flexible to meet the future challenges of healthcare delivery. Elective opportunities are available through Bassett at the University of Rochester in Upstate New York and at the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, which offers medical training in an urban environment for those that are interested.


    Our teaching system is built upon a Columbia-appointed faculty that is 100% salaried and full time. There are no competing priorities of running a private practice. Exposure to a broad cross-section of medical problems is only the first component of a fine training program. At Bassett, we have evolved an ideal system for teaching medical students and residents with personalized faculty attention.

    Assimilation of a methodologic approach to medical problems is the unifying emphasis. While styles vary, the common goal is to be skilled in the care of problems seen during training and prepared for problems that are rare or unusual in presentation. The blend of inpatient, continuity clinic and outpatient subspecialty rotations create a comprehensive educational experience.

    Categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program

    NRMP# 1442140C0
    Positions available: 10

    The Bassett Internal Medicine Program offers traditional training in academic internal medicine. Our Program aims are: 

    • Train specialists in Internal Medicine to provide team based longitudinal care to patients with an array of co-morbidities within an integrated healthcare system.
    • Train physicians to excel in multidisciplinary team based care through superior interpersonal and communication skills across the healthcare continuum.
    • Train physicians to have the knowledge and skills to provide high quality, evidence based care to adult patients in a cost effective and patient centered manner.
    • Train physicians to recognize opportunities for improvement within the healthcare system and community it serves and to utilize quality improvement and research tools to enact change.
    • Provide an environment that supports residents in maintaining their own well being while promoting high quality care.

    Residents gain a significant amount of experience caring for patients on the medicine wards and subspecialty consult services and in the campus-based continuity clinic. Continuity clinics are scheduled in one week blocks that occur every six weeks. In addition to continuity clinics throughout the week, residents will attend didactic sessions to include EKG reading, Quality and Safety sessions, EBM sessions and Simulation Lab. Additionally, there is opportunity for residents to gain further experience in rural outpatient medicine. During elective time, PGY-2 & 3 level residents may engage in rotations of their specific interest. Research in the E. Donnall Thomas Resident Research Program is available to all PGY level residents.

    Satisfactory completion of the program confers eligibility for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Our board pass rate for the past 2 years is 100% and over the past 3 years is 94%.

    Medical Students:

    Residents in the Internal Medicine Program frequently supervise third and fourth year students participating in required rotations under our medical school affiliation with Columbia University and Albany Medical College.

    Preliminary Internal Medicine Residency Program

    NRMP# 1442140P0
    Positions available: 1

    The Preliminary Internal Medicine Program year is identical to the PGY-1 year of the Categorical Internal Medicine Program, with the exclusion of continuity clinics. It is designed to provide grounding in the basic principles for those entering residency in another field after the one year. Occasionally, residents apply to one of the 3-year program tracks on completion of the preliminary year.


    Residents are encouraged to participate in the E. Donnall Thomas Resident Research Program. This program is designed to facilitate projects both for the novice and the experienced clinical investigator. The facilities of the Bassett Research Institute are available to assist residents with the development of projects of their interest.

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