Richard Cohen, MD

52 Utica Street
Hamilton, NY 13346

"I am a solo family practitioner in a pretty little village about an hour from Syracuse. The office is a renovated house, which dates back to civil war times. My workdays are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. I do not have regular hours on Thursday, but that day can be used by the interested student for any projects he or she may want to do. I usually make rounds at the local hospital around 8:00am and office hours start at 9:00. The office day generally ends by 5:30.

My office has something very few other offices do, computerized medical records. By this I mean the progress notes and prescriptions are done by computer right then and there in the room with the patient. This is the way of the future, and my office is a good way to get introduced to this important tool.

At the beginning of the rotation, the student will shadow me to get a sense of how things work. Once the student and I feel comfortable with one another, I will give the student some independence. This starts with the student going into the room first to do whatever assessment is required for the patient visit. The student will present the patient to me, I will then see the patient, and will discuss the case. By the end of the rotation, the student will only see the patient again if necessary. Instead, the student will just see the next patient. Students have liked this approach in the past.

The patient mix is pretty typical for family practice with patients of all ages and all problems. I do not do OB or surgery.

I use lunchtime to exercise at the gym at Colgate University. I can get the student a pass to use those facilities if desired. Eating lunch can be squeezed in in various ways, but if exercise is done at lunchtime, lunch will be short for the student (I just eat a power bar before I go off to exercise).

It's important to me that the students not only learn some medicine, but also learn something about how a typical day can be spent with non-medical matters. I'm confident the student will enjoy the experience here. One more thing, the hospital does have a house available for students and residents. I'm only an hour from Syracuse, but the house may allow for better use of the student's time and a more relaxing experience down here."

Practice setting other than your office:

  • Home visits (rare)
  • Hospital
  • Special procedures students are likely to observe in this practice include:
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Gynecology (pap, contraception, colposcopy)
  • Cryosurgery
  • Tympanometry, audiology
  • Lesion removal/biopsy

Driving Directions to Dr. Cohen's office:

Take Route 690/481 to Exit 3 (Fayetteville/Cazenovia). You will be on Route 5. Continue on Route 5 past Wegmans, keep heading away from Syracuse and turn right onto highway 92, about half a mile past Wegmans. Continue through Manlius and on to Cazenovia.

Turn left onto highway 20 just outside Cazenovia. Continue through Nelson and Morrisville. About three and a half miles past Morrisville, turn right onto Highway 46 going south. This will end as you pick up 12-B south after about a mile. A very quiet and painless merge. Ignore it. Hamilton is about 4 miles after the turnoff on #46.

Look for the welcome to Hamilton sign across from the McDonalds. The office will be on the left, about 0.4 miles later, across from an Auto Care gas station.

If you get to the traffic light, you've gone too far. Turn back, and you will find the office to be the 6th house on the right after the Burger King. It's yellow with green shutters. Park in the back and use the rear entrance

Dr. Cohen's office schedule is as follows:

Monday - 8:30-12:30pm & 1:00-5:30pm
Tuesday - 8:30-12:30pm & 1:00-5:30pm
Wednesday - 8:30-12:30pm & 1:00-5:30pm
Thursday - CLOSED
Friday - 8:30-12:30pm & 1:00-5:30pm