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November 29, 2012

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COOPERSTOWN — Educational advantages of a community hospital were pointed out this month by Dr. James Bordley, 3rd, director of Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

In a guest editorial in the November issue of “Resident Physician,” a nationally-circulated journal for hospital staff officers, Dr. Bordley explained that Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital differs from most small rural hospitals in that it is affiliated with a university (Columbia U. in New York), teaches undergraduate students, has a full-time professional staff, and carries on a large research program.

Dr. Bordley said students applying for internships at Bassett Hospital frequently ask about the advantages of interning in a small rural hospital such as Bassett.

The intern who has spent four years in the highly competitive environment of a medical school, in turning toward a pleasant and less hectic way of life, nevertheless wants to be assured that he is not paying too high a price in the currency of education, the doctor points out.

Dr. Bordley said the intern applicant fears that the clinical material may be insufficient in a small rural hospital to round out his experience and various specialties may not be adequately represented on the staff … or the educational program may be inadequately supported in the basic medical sciences such as biochemistry, microbiology and pathology.

Deficiencies may be offset to a considerable extent by compensating factors, Dr. Bordley feels.

“The small community hospital cannot be selective. It must deal with minor as well as the major problems; the ‘uninteresting’ as well as the ‘fascinating’ cases, and the bitter must be taken with the sweet because the rural community, unlike the big city, contains no other hospital to which the bitter can be shunted.”

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