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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbtidge Herald Fourth Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, April 25, 1973 Pages 37-40 Now open ivide, like this Jean Pad Roberge, a three-year-old, got some practice yesterday in opening wide before he had his tonsils out at St. Joseph's Hospital in Montreal. But the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stinson didn't rally need the coaxing of nursing student Dorothy Emrich to eat ice cream. First year tough one for the young doctor By WARREN E. LEARY BOSTON (AP) He is not quite used to that new title "Doctor." After four years of college, four more of medical school and two weeks on the job at the hospital, the intern on call is facing a screaming woman who slashed her The nurses, attendants and other patients in the emer- gency room are watching him. He realizes they didn't tell him how to deal with this problem in medical school. Most authorities agree that the first year out of medical school is a tough one for the young doctor. The long hours for relatively low pay have been a medical tradition, a way for the young doctor to prove himself. But the adverse effects of internship have come under attack and seme critics say the profession and the public are being short-changed. Dr. Robin Cook, a resident in ophthalmology at Massa- chusetts Eye and Ear Infir- mary, is calling for reforms in the training and treatment of interns. He outlines his in- dictment of the present sys- tem in his novel, The Year of the Intern. DESCRIBES PROBLEMS Cook's book follows the trials and psychological changes of a Dr. Peters as he tries to deal with his medical internship. The 32-year-old au- thor says the fictional Dr. Pe- ters combines the experiences of five or six physicians he has known. Cook says a young doctor begins sacrificing his idealism early in his career if he wants to get ahead. Only the first two years of medical school are graded on classroom work and the next years of school and postgraduate training de- pend upon "the subjective evaluation of entrenched doc- tors." The young doctor cannot get are considered good in- ternships residencies or re- search positions without con- forming to the standards of his teachers, Cook says. Many doctors learn to think of their own benefit, both profession- ally and financially, ahead of the interests of their patient. Math marvel tops opponents WATERLOO. Ont (CP) Uzi Yoeli doesn't attend math class but it hasn't stopped him winning the annual national jun- ior mathematics contest. The math marvel from Haifa, Israel who is only in Canada for a year, topped entrants in the competi- tion sponsored by the University of Waterloo. He even did better than the head of the math department at his school here, Biuevale colic- giate. When the teacher tried the 30 questions he made two mistakes, despite having helped up the contest, Uei made one. Uzi's facility with figures also helped the three-member colle- giate team 1o second place among Jhe schools ontoed. First was Gordon Bell high schod in Winnipeg. Ua says he doesn't bother at- tending his Grade 30 math class. He sees no point in it. preferring instead 1o study at. home after Invariably, j say his teachers, he gains ncar- perfecl examination marks. Together with zone and pro- vintia' winners of the math marathon. Uzi will spend a week in June on campus at the University of Waterloo studying mathematics and computer sci- ence. It may all be old-hat to his father is a professor of com- puter science and Ua admits to having worked with computers back home. The malh contest began as a focal project 10 years ago and two years later assumed na- tional proportions. Aim of the organizers as Jo persuade stu- dents to -work beyond their classroom studies of mathemat- ics. In July. Uzi will return with his family to Israel. His father, Michael Yocli, will have com- pleted a year teaching computer science at the University of Wa- terloo and will be resuming his post at an Israeli technical insti- tute. Bui Uzi win have in his porlsct to remind him of his ex- ploits in conHesl prize donated by an insurance company. A crucial part of this trans- formation, Cook contends, comes during the internship. During that year, young doc- tors are overworked under- paid and depersonalized. Interns frequently find themselves on duty from 24 to 36 hours or more, treating pa- tients, assisting in surgery and performing routine chores. Hospital administra- tors concede that the intern's lot is difficult but say their fi- nances and facilities limit the number of interns they can have and what they are paid. Numerous studies have shown that both the intern and the patient suffer. A 1970 Columbia University study of interns at a New York City hospital showed that after 30 to 36 hours without sleep, the interns became disorganized, suffered perceptual distortions and forgetfulness and demon- strated significantly less affection toward their patients and one another. Despite this evidence. Cook says there has been little change in interns' scheduling. He says the attitude of supe- riors is: "Well, we did it, so why can't PAY IMPROVING But conditions are improv- ing. Interns in larger cities like New York, Boston, Chi- cago and Cleveland have formed bargaining groups to lobby for better hours and higher pay. Interns in Boston, for instance, now get more than a year. Cook says hospital adminis- trations still think of their house staff officers, interns and residents, as first and doctors second and treat them as a cheap source of labor. Cook says the doctor's early deprivation and the hassles and expense of medical train- ing may be a reason why some doctors want to make a financial killing as soon as they enter practice. Part of the frustration of in- ternship. Cook says, is inade- quate training an medical school. Dorters learn all about theory and exotic medical procedures but not enough about the practical treatments in emergency rooms or their own offices. At a recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a medical pane} backed this contention, saying American doctors are thoroughly trained to treat 15 per cert of man's ilk, but neglect the other 85 per cent which involve simply primary health care. j Tape recorder and case of gin her company Charmaine plans two-way Atlantic crossing LONDON (CP) Charmaine Johnson, a pretty, 26-year-old antique dealer, is going to at- tempt a two-way crossing of the Atlantic in a sailboat in May. She will take a tape recorder and a case of gin with her. "Nobody else will she said. "My friends are divided into those who think I will go mad on the journey and those who know I already am." Charmaine herself didn't take the idea seriously until a few weeks ago when a local news- paper asked her to confirm a rumor about it. "I was pitched in at the deep end really. I began to realize that I might ac- tually have to go. Daydreaming was over and boasting had won." She has been messing about with boats since she was 13, but Charmaine doesn't bore you with soul-searching reasons for wanting to attempt the crossing. Actually, she gets terrified thinking of the more dangerous aspects of the trip. "If I wasn't now so commit- ted to going, I might look for es- cape she said. But then she remembers the gin. 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