Columbia-Bassett students have the same access to the full resources of the College of Physicians and Surgeons as their traditional program peers, including the extraordinary span of research resources, which are some of the most imaginative and productive in the world. Every Columbia medical student is required to do at least a four month Scholarly Project after the Major Clinical Year, with a carefully shaped process designed to deliver a meaningful experience in an area of deep interest to the student.  At Columbia-Bassett, we have developed a research platform aimed specifically at supporting students who wish to extend the major foci which attracted them to the program in the first place.  These foci are effectiveness of performance improvement and its training; and the interplay between life experiences, health and flourishing.

In our short history to date, students have successfully studied the range of risks and benefits of deploying PI in major integrated networks of care; and the effectiveness of PI training in internal medicine residencies.  Other students have looked at the effects of emotional trauma on type 1 diabetics; and at the effectiveness of deploying a mindfulness curriculum in a school system. 

Students are mentored by outstanding research practitioners.