Columbia-Bassett strives to offer experiences of reflection, self-discovery and insight. There exists at Bassett an environment of collaboration, an effort to help people in need, and a sense of mission.  Much can be gained in these respects by consideration of and participation in the arts.

Yoga sessions, some instruction in meditation, and "philosophy dinners" regularly across the first three years of the curriculum (the final year being characterized by a lot of student dispersal as specialty choice audition electives, research months, and (for some) global medicine experiences tend to diminish class activities).  We see these exercises as both fun and important to maintaining connection to the true self during the rigors and stresses of medical school.

Students will all undertake an artistic endeavor while in Cooperstown.  In the past students rotating at Bassett have enjoyed this element. During the Major Clinical Year, students meet together once a month to discuss themes and issues brought up by experiences of working with patients. In addition, each Columbia-Bassett student is assigned a month to organize a monthly “glimmerglass” reflection activity, to find some activity in the community so that the group may partake of something that is non-medical and may be unusual, fun, different, and potentially rejuvenating. Some events have included traversing a ropes course, spending a morning at a local museum, taking a sunset hike in the woods, planting a garden in the backyard of one of the student houses, demolition derby, contra dancing, blueberry picking locally, snow tubing, ghost tour, Schoharie County Barn Quilt Tour and making a group pastel painting of a scene at the lake. Past efforts by former students have also been anthologized into a book entitled “Let Me Listen to Your Heart.”