Manager, Public and Media Relations
Cooperstown, NY - June 30, 2008 - Bassett Healthcare and Albany Medical College have announced a partnership that will establish a regional clinical campus for third year medical students at Bassett's Cooperstown campus. Six students will begin next month and stay through July 2009. By expanding its medical education program, Bassett is also helping to address the physician shortage, which is particularly acute in rural regions. The American Association of Medical Colleges has called for a 30 percent increase in the number of medical students over the next decade and for the creation of new clinical campuses like the one Bassett is establishing in Cooperstown. It will be the second clinical campus in New York state and one of 45 nationwide.
"This is an exciting time for Bassett and a new chapter in the academic mission established here more than 80 years ago when the hospital was founded," said President and CEO Dr. William F. Streck. "We now have the opportunity to shape a new population of physicians by exposing medical students to the unique aspects of practicing within a real world, effective health delivery system in a rural area." Streck explained that, "Because of its position as the largest and most comprehensive provider for thousands of patients living in a 5,000 square mile region, it's not unusual for Bassett physicians to care for patients over their entire lifetime. What a great opportunity for medical students to experience the care of these individuals in the context of their families and communities."