Bruce McClennan, November 17, 2022


Bruce McClennan, November 17, 2022
Bruce McClennan, MD
Tatum Hoff
Attending Physician
Bassett Alumni Board
Bassett Medical Center
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Bedside Manner
Diagnostic Radiology
Financial Issues
Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital
Medical School
Medical Technology
Mount Otsego Ski Hill
National Ski Patrol
Plane Accident
Patient Care
Resident Physician
Rural Healthcare
Bruce L. McClennan, M.D., is Professor Emeritus of Diagnostic Radiology at Yale University, with a specialty in Urologic Radiology. Born in Albany NY, he always had a calling to become a doctor. He attended Union College in Schenectady for his undergraduate degree and Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse for medical school and completed his residency at Columbia Presbyterian in New York City. He is now retired in Redmond, Oregon where he enjoys golfing and skiing with his children and grandchildren. He also serves on the Alumni Board for Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY.

Dr. McClennan details his life and studies during his one-year internship in 1967 at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, which is now called the Bassett Medical Center, in Cooperstown, NY. Through the interview, he describes the uniqueness of his medical education at Bassett, the characteristics of rural healthcare, and the struggles of raising a young family while training to be a doctor.

In the late 1960s, before the invention of scanning technologies like computer tomography and ultrasound revolutionized diagnostic medicine, doctors and radiologists had to rely on X-Rays and analysis of symptoms to treat patients. During the late 1960s this technological revolution started, and doctors had to be adaptable and willing to learn to keep up with rapid changes over the next few decades.

I interviewed Dr. Bruce McClennan on November 17th, 2022, virtually through Zoom. Dr. McClennan was in his office in his home in Redmond, Oregon and the interview took place at 11am (Pacific standard time) for him and 2pm (Eastern standard time) for me.

A few edits were made to the transcript for clarity. I chose to remove most of the conjunctions at the beginning of sentences and split up phrases in order to reduce repetition and run-on sentences. I also removed any false starts and unmeaningful vocalizations.
Time Summary
TRACK 1, 0:00 - Childhood
TRACK 1, 1:19 - Career Choice
TRACK 1, 1:58 - Education
TRACK 1, 5:22 - Marriage
TRACK 1, 6:57 - Internship Training Team
TRACK 1, 13:10 - Rural Medicine
TRACK 1, 20:23 - Seaplane Story
TRACK 1, 22:38 - Internship Reflection
TRACK 1, 31:31 - Basset Compared to Other Hospitals
TRACK 1, 35:26 - Young Family
TRACK 1, 39:03 - Financial Talk
TRACK 1, 45:44 - Attendings (John Davis)
TRACK 1, 50:45 - Bassett Alumni Board
TRACK 1, 55:47 - Cooperstown Recreation
TRACK 1, 58:07 - How has Bassett Changes since 1960s
Tatum Hoff
Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York at Oneonta
Cooperstown Graduate Association, Cooperstown, NY