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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Novtmbtr 12, 1974 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD 15 Rural medicine draws students CRANBROOK (Special) Thirty physicians from such places as Olds, Cardston and Kelowna met recently with University of Calgary medical faculty to review the strengths and weaknesses of a program designed to expose medical students to rural practice. Among those attending the seminar was Dr. Abe Zacharias of Cranbrook. The visiting doctors represented only a few of the physicians from throughout southern Alberta and. southeastern B.C. who serve as unpaid instructors for the faculty of medicine in the 1 Vz year old rural program. It puts all medical students sometime during their third and final year on a full month of training and working in one of 15 small community or country hospitals. Volunteering their time toward the student's educa- tion during that month are general practitioners and specialists in the hospital, as well as the community's local medical officer of health, social services personnel and local RCMP officers in their role of "preventive social workers." Rural physicians par- ticipating in the program take medical with them to the scene of accidents, on house calls, on to wards and into the operating room to demonstrate the doctor's role in relation to the operation of a small hospital. Through con- Coal scheme hinges on reclamation FERNIE (Special) Euro- pean businessmen who have been investigating coal deposits in the Elk Valley have not yet applied to the B.C. department of mines for a reclamation permit, the Fernie Free Press says in a recent story. The newspaper says Mines Minister Leo Nimsick will not issue an exploration permit before he gets reclamation plans. Mr. Nimsick said the group known as Exploration and Verbaugh, a consortium of German and Italian com- panies, has been examining coal properties owned in the Elk Valley by Scurry Rainbow Corporation and by an American, Morris Knudsen. "When they talked with me, I told them I would not con- sider granting an exploration permit until my department has examined their proposed plans for Mr. Nimsick said. "There is little point in do- ing extensive exploration if reclamation plans are not acceptable." Recently back from a trip to Europe, Mines Minister Nim- sick says there is much interest there in Canadian coal. "The Swedes have a large steel enterprise but no he says. "They buy coal from the United States and from Poland but they want to diver- sify their supplies and are looking to Canada." Mr. Nimsick says this country cannot deny coal to other nations. "It is something we have a good supply of and we should be good neighbors with other he said. tacts with other local medical and social services personnel, the student also learns how the physician co operates with them. In each community, one physician from the local hospital is named organizing preceptor. He is responsible for liaison between the hospital and the University of Calgary medical faculty, and receives a teaching appoint- ment within the faculty's divi- sion of family practice. The organizing preceptors and other physician instruc- tors from the hospitals attend- ed the seminar. While family practice is emphasized by the U of C faculty of medicine, "many students go through training with only a sketchy idea of what general practice in the country is really remarked the organizer of the rural program, Dr. Morris Gibson. Dr. Gibson is superbly qualified to comment, having left a 17 year general prac- tice in Okotoks to become director of the medical faculty's division of family practice early in 1973. "Our idea in starting the program was two he said. "First, we wanted to use the facilities available in country practice to train young doctors. "We also wanted students to be exposed to the kind of work and illnesses the family doc- tor sees every day of his life to see illnesses they won't see in a teaching hospital, where they tend to be exposed to rare or unusual cases. "We would like to produce doctors interested in country practice as well as city prac- Dr. Gibson says. Twenty eight of the 42 medical students who graduated from U of C last spring chose family practice as their specialty. This was about two thirds of the class. Much of the credit goes to their out of town ex- perience, says Dr. Gibson. "Even if students choose to enter a specialty other than family practice, they'll at least know and appreciate what the life of the country doctor is like." Rural hospital boards have also been quick to realize the program's benefits for them. Eager to attract young doc- tors to the country, they have accommodated medical students in their towns free of charge. Dr. Gibson emphasized that the seminar recognized only 30 of the hundreds of general practitioners and specialists who volunteer their time without charge to the medical faculty. In addition to many others in the 15 rural hospitals, numerous Calgary physicians participate in other programs and contribute as many as '.0 free hours a week. Claresholm post remains The Town of Claresholm has not eliminated the project co ordinator post, as reported in last Wednesday's Herald. "We are pleased with the work Mr. (Rene) Chartrand has done and can see no reason for eliminating his Mayor Ernie Patterson said. As project co ordinator, Mr. Chartrand is the top paid official of the town. Cable car trip is daily thrill RORY HOYT. 4. RIDES CABLE CAR PULLED BY HIS FATHER FRANK HOYT ACROSS THE MILK RIVER Co-operative construction now underway CARDSTON (HNS) Construction is underway for a building for Southern Alberta Co op here on Highway 5, west of town. The building site covers four acres, on which three buildings are being erected. There will be a 60 by 90 foot sales area which will sell farm type hardware, animal health products and building supplies. A fork lift type mechanized operation will be used for handling heavy loads. Self serve gas pumps will also be part of the service. Eight people will be employed when the new business opens in May, 1975. The downtown store will re- main open but the farm hardware will not be available there. Federated Co op is the general contractor. Local sub- contractors will be used. NEW FOR GAS DIN 292990 66682 OvoTSO Dimethylpolysiloxan TABLETS Relieves gas discomfort Double strength for better relief. South In short Another raised in Taber TABER (HNS) Taber's Spirit of '75 fund raising cam- paign is about better off as the result of two affairs. A concert at Taber Centre Auditorium drew an audience of some 850 people to hear Supt. Bramwell Smith direct his 50 member RCMP band. Co ordinator said after expenses were paid, the project netted more than Earlier, over was raised at the W. R. Myers high school gymnasium at a public auction sale. Fund committee chairman James L. George expressed appreciation for the generosity of residents and businesses with donations of merchandise and credit vouchers, and to auc- .tioneer Gary Jensen for the success of the venture. The Spirit of '75 funds are to be used to finance the high school's band and chorus on a trip to England next summer. Games meeting set Wednesday PINCHER CREEK (Special) In an effort to acquaint residents of the Pincher Creek and district area with aspects surrounding next February's Canada Winter Games, a public meeting is scheduled for p.m. Wednesday, in the Pincher Creek Community Hall. The public relations committee of the games will have regional officials in attendance to explain planning details. Discussion group Wednesday PICTURE BUTTE (HNS) St. Catherine's Catholic Women's League has decided to hold discussion group meetings for members of the parish, beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the St. Catherine's School here when Rev. Patrick Kelly will speak. The CWL will hold a turkey bingo at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at the school. Plans are being made for the annual Christmas party to be held Dec. 4. The time and place will be announced. Fifteen women attended the recent meeting. Mountain View bull wins A Mountain View rancher exhibited the winning Shorthorn at the Edmonton Exhibition Farmfair "74. R. D. Mackenzie won the grand champion bull award with a two year old animal. He also won the breeder's herd and get of sire group judging. Leo Hopman elected president NATAL (HNS) Leo Hopman has been elected president of the Elk Valley Riding Club. Other officers are Frances Kozler. vice president; Judy Kozler, secretary; and Francis Travis, treasurer. Tea set Wednesday COALDALE (HNS) The Coaldale Community Hospital Women's Auxiliary will hold its annual fall tea, bazaar and bake sale from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital board room. DEL BONITA (Staff) Todd Hoyt, 6, wonders how much longer he must ride a cable car across the Milk River to get to school. His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoyt, ranchers eight miles west of here, have failed so far to get the bridge branch of the department of highways or the Cardston Municipal District council to approve a bridge. One Cardston MD councillor termed their last request for a bridge as being "ridiculous." But little Todd doesn't think so on the cold winter mornings when he crosses high above the icy waters of the Milk River. And 30 ranchers have signed a petition now to get a bridge and a road north. It would be situated on a road allowance about one half of a mile east of the Hoyt home. Meanwhile, every school morning Todd climbs into the cable car on the north bank with his dad and they pull themselves over to the south bank. There a school bus waits to take the boy eight miles east to school at Del Bonita. Mrs. Hoyt is on hand to pull Todd back home in the after- noon. "I won't get in the darn she says. "I'm scared to death of it." Edmonton man fills PSS post BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Allen Wilcke of Edmonton has been hired as director of preventive social services here. His office is in the basement of the Michael Finn Phar- macy Building. He is the former executive director of the Norwood Com- munity Service Centre at Ed- monton. Prior to that, he was pastor of the First Baptist Church at Leduc. He replaces Charles Gale who has taken a similar posi- tion at St. Albert. The PSS, in addition to working in the area of com- munity development, will also continue the counselling ser- vice instituted by Mr. Gale. This service is available to any individual, husband and wife, family group who have a counselling need. The Hoyts say a bridge and road would benefit ranchers and their children for miles around. At the same time, people who work both sides of the north fork sometimes have to haul equipment for 20 miles west to the Woolford road to get to other parts of their ranches or to Cardston. Taber school may be kept during games TABER (HNS) Parent and teacher opposition to a decision to close Taber's public schools during the period of the Canada Winter Games has put the board of trustees on the horns of a dilemna. A parents' opinion poll con- ducted in some of the Taber schools showed parents almost equally divided on the issue. The decision to close the schools was based on the premise that school facilities would be needed for certain events of the games, but to date trustees have no informa- tion on any events scheduled for school premises. The wisdom of closing the schools is now questioned, and the issue will be discussed at ihe next board-principals meeting to determine if clos- ing the schools in town is "educationally defensible." Buried lines hoped done by December CLARESHOLM (HNS) John Hargreaves of Lethbridge, Alberta Govern- ment Telephones construction manager, says a pro- ject to bury feet of con- duit will be completed here in early December. ACT is placing the wire un- derground between 43rd and 49th avenues on 4th St. W. Three pre cast manholes will be installed. It will enable the firm to serve a new 50 lot subdivision south of 43rd Ave.; a proposed 106 lot trailer court nearby and will provide an entrance for underground feeder cable to most of southwest Claresholm, now served by aerial cable. Crowsnest Pass Bureau VERNON DECOUX, Rtp., ADVANCE UTILITY jSPRUCE STUDS UTILITY FIR PLANKS 2 x 10 Random Lengths, par m SECOND CUT SLABS B'lmgths.pwcord SPRUCE PLYWOOD SHEATHING 4' x ADVANCE LUMBER CO. LTD. 2nd and 13th St. S. Phon. 328-3301 "Your Pioneer Lumber Dealer Since 1925" ;