Columbia~Bassett Program
 

Faculty


Bassett’s faculty has been teaching students from Columbia since 1931. 

The current clinical course directors include:
  • Medicine: Alan Kozak and Beth Olearczyk
  • Surgery: Stratton Danes
  • Family Medicine: David Haswell and Darah Wright
  • Neurology: Paul Deringer
  • Pediatrics: Philip Heavner
  • Psychiatry: Celeste Johns
  • Ob/gyn: Siobhan Hayden

Students are assigned clinical preceptors in each of the above disciplines that they work with throughout the entirety of the Major Clinical Year. The preceptors are attending physicians who are dedicated to teaching and working with students on a one-on-one basis.

Students are evaluated periodically throughout the year under the rubric of R.I.M.E., which stands for Reporter, Interpreter, Manager, and Educator. A Reporter is a student who can interview and examine a patient and extract important clinical observations from that interaction. An Interpreter takes that knowledge and uses clinical judgment to formulate a diagnosis or set of possible diagnoses. A Manager knows the appropriate steps to treat, alleviate, or mitigate disease. An Educator effectively imparts knowledge to patients and colleagues on issues related to health maintenance and promotion.

The goal is for students to become sequentially more adept in each of these areas over the course of the Major Clinical Year.


Bassett physicians are leaders in the public and scientific media on issues surrounding health care. Some recent publications include:

Bassett Bound
Columbia Medicine Spring Newsletter

The Group Employed Model as a Foundation for Health Care Delivery Reform
Dr. Henry Weil (contributor) - The Commonwealth Fund

Health Reform Passed! What's Next for New York?
Dr. William F. Streck (commentary) - The Huffington Post

Med Students Feel Unprepared for Health Care System
Dr. Henry Weil (quote) - AAMC Reporter

Health System Reform: Getting from Here to There
Dr. William F. Streck - Healthcare Thought Leadership One-to-One, Podcast & Blog

A way to deliver health care that's better, safer and cheaper
Henry F.C. Weil and Philip R. Lee - The Washington Post

Practicing 21st Century Medical Leadership
Henry Weil and Stuart Guterman - The Washington Post

Mayo Clinic's Model
Henry Weil and Stuart Guterman - The Washington Post

Hospital Savings: Salaries for Doctors, Not Fees
Dr. William F. Streck - The New York Times

Medical Education: The Untapped Aspect of Health Care Reform
Dr. Henry Weil - Health News Digest

Health Care Reform
Dr. Henry Weil - EVO Health Radio Show