Weil said that the rural nature of Cooperstown is appealing to the students.
“The students, for the most part, take a real pleasure in getting to know the community,” said Weil.
He also said that, although the program has only 10 people in it, it is well integrated into the wider Bassett Healthcare Network.
“These are really wonderful young people,” said Weil. “They tend to make the environment around them work.”
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. healthcare 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 healthcare better and have the best possible impact on their patients,” said Weil.