Columbia-Bassett Program

The Columbia-Bassett Program


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Letter from Lee Goldman, MD

Dear Applicants,

For 80 years, Columbia has sent students to a unique health system in rural upstate New York — Bassett Healthcare. It has been lauded by generations of Columbia students as one of the best clinical experiences in medical school. In response to the call for more physicians in the United States, particularly in rural environments, Columbia and Bassett have partnered to create the Columbia-Bassett Program.

In Cooperstown, a beautiful and exceptional village, you will experience an efficient health system that accommodates 650,000 patient visits a year. Beyond the great clinical education that always accompanies a Columbia diploma, graduates will have innovative experiences in human insight and health systems capability.

I look forward to meeting the students of the Columbia Campus.

Lee Goldman, M.D.

Lee Goldman, MD
Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Columbia University
Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center


Letter from Henry Weil, MD

Dear Applicants,

The Columbia-Bassett Medical School Program is unique in its design and consistently attracts some of the best medical students from around the country.

The first year and a half of the Columbia-Bassett curriculum takes place in New York City, where you will join your classmates in largely pre-clinical studies. The second phase, two and a half years, is based in Cooperstown, N.Y. Students’ clinical experiences at Bassett’s Cooperstown campus consist of a required one year experience followed by a year and a half of electives and pursuit of an area of concentration utilizing the full array of opportunities at both campuses.

In Cooperstown, you will participate in a humanistic patient care experience, in a longitudinal curricular approach, during which you follow patients for about a year. You will work in an environment that emphasizes relationships on all levels. These longitudinal relationships will not only facilitate your education, but provide an intimate view of the various subspecialists and their lives with patients. You will engage in a unique process to determine which career path within medicine is most interesting to you and most suitable to your innate skills. You will study the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. health system, and cultivate applied skills in improving health care quality at clinical and non-clinical levels. You will experience health education in the best of two worlds - New York City’s Presbyterian Hospital and Cooperstown’s Bassett Healthcare. The contrasts of setting and patient population will merge for you in the single mission of learning to help people in their pursuit of health. You will receive financial aid independent of a financial needs assessment, in the amount of $30,000 per year, potentially freeing you to choose the career path you most like.

I look forward to meeting you.

Henry Weil, M.D.

Henry Weil, MD
Assistant Dean for Education at Bassett Healthcare, Columbia University