The fourth class of medical students to be accepted to the Columbia-Bassett Medical School Program spent the week of Aug. 5 to 9 in Cooperstown, getting to know the Bassett Medical Center campus as well as the community they will return to in January 2015.
The first day of orientation week was spent working alongside area business owners. Some of the students worked at a farm in Cooperstown, some helped out at an automobile repair shop, others joined a construction crew and a couple of students spent the day working at a local restaurant.
The week in Cooperstown also included a dinner session with James Carse, an author and professor emeritus, New York University, discussing the forces that influence people and dominate business and politics; discussion sessions with professors from Columbia’s School of Business and School of Public Health about the U.S. health care system and medical errors; shadowing doctors in the outpatient clinic and in the hospital setting and visits to the New York State Historical Association and Glimmerglass Opera.
The week of orientation provides an opportunity for aspiring physicians to understand their patients as people by seeing them in the environment in which they live and work. They were also introduced to the Columbia-Bassett curriculum, which is designed to graduate physicians who understand and can lead the health systems of the future.
The 10 students who comprise the Columbia-Bassett Class of 2017 are Rachel Criswell, Yale University; Brandon Garcia, Dartmouth; Daniel Hoesterey, Claremont McKenna College; Marcos Lopez, Jr., University of Florida; Kathryn Nagel, Middlebury College; Kirby Pruis, Indiana University - Bloomington; Rachel Severin, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor; Henna Shaikh, McGill; Peter Young, Williams College; and Jonah Zuflacht, Williams College.
The class will spend its first 18 months at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons before returning to Bassett for two and a half years of clinical training.