After orientation, Columbia Bassett students spend their first 18 months doing pre-clinical work at Columbia University, following the same curriculum as other Columbia students. They then move up to Cooperstown, where they spend their major clinical year. After their major clinical year, students may work elsewhere, but remain based in Cooperstown.
As for the students the program attracts, Weil said that there is a generation of people entering medical school who see that the U.S. health care system has serious problems. Weil said that the Columbia-Bassett Program offers a lot to such students, both from a patient care and health care systems perspective.
“Dr. Franck and I are hoping to find the students who are driven by a sense of purpose to make health care better and have the best possible impact on their patients,” said Weil.