VA Hospital Use to Speed Medical School's Program
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The Shreveport Times Farm News Sunday, June 4, 1967 Oil and Gas Classified VA Hospital Use To Speed Medical School's Program By MARGARET MARTIN Of The Times Staff The $10.5 million Veterans Ad-ministration Hospital here and all of its facilities have been made available to the Louisiana State U n i v e r s i t y Medical School at Shreveport. The per-manent affiliation will enable the medical school to reach full-scale operational status on a much faster basis than would have been possible. The agreement marks the VA Hospital as a "Dean's Committee Hospital," Dr. Edgar Hull, dean of the school, and E. P. Whitaker, director of the hospi-tal, said in a joint announce-ment. The affiliation, similar to other such arrangements across the nation, means: 1. The medical school will have use of all hospital facilities. 2. All VA staff personnel engaged in teaching or research will become members of the medical school faculty. 3. The first medical school classes in 1969 will be held in the hospital. 4. Offices will be maintained at the hospital as well as at Confederate Memorial Medical Center. 5. Research laboratories will be set up by the school at the hospital. Although all of the 450-bed air conditioned hospital, which sits on a bluff overlooking the Red River, will be available to the school, present plans call for specific use of six ward kitchens for classroom space; the north wing of the fifth floor; a part of the seventh floor; the east end of the basement; and two buildings located on the grounds of the hospital which are former resi-dences for hospital employes. NORTH WING Presently the school is using the north wing of the 5th floor of the hospital for offices for school personnel, and is also maintain-ing offices on the first floor of Confederate Memorial Medical Center. The 12-story, $20 million medi-cal school, will be completed in 1973. It will be located on the grounds of Confederate between the hospital and the nursing school building. Dr. Hull and Whitaker ex-plained that many times where there is a medical school and a VA hospital the facilities form a "teaching-training and education-al - research affiliations to im-prove medical care and to aid in the cause of education." "It is a mutually advantageous affiliation. It is an aid to education and research on a permanent basis. It will give us the access to the facilities of the hospital. In the initial phase, it works principally to the advan-tage of the medical school for it gives us quarters to begin the school," Dr. Hull added. The planning staff of the school has already moved into the renovated north wing of the fifth floor. There are offices for Dr. Hull, Dr. George Meneely, as-sociate dean and coordinator for development of plans and pro-grams; Miss Dorothy E. Risin-ger, assistant coordinator and associate professor of medical sociology and ecology; and sec-retarial offices. In addition, the business manager, Robert R. Graves will join the staff July 1. Dr. Gwynn C. Akin, assistant to the dean and instructor in anatomy, has maintained her office at Confederate, and Dr. Hull also has another office there. BEGIN CAREERS In September, 1969, 50 students will begin their medical school careers in six remodeled "ward kitchens," which will no longer be used by the hospital. The classes will be physiology, mi-croanatomy and pharmacology. Dr. Hull emphasized that the LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY Medical School at Shreveport will use two Veterans Administration buildings are (top photo) a former nurses' living Hospital buildings for research purposes. The quarters, and (bottom photo) a building which once housed unmarried male hospital employes. (Times Photos by Lloyd Stilley) size of the opening class of the school was determined by the amount of room available in the kitchens, "since the classes will be student laboratories and we have to have enough space for each student." The east end of the basement will be converted into the school's first library. It will include the embryo collection of the school, carrels for study and some office space for library officials. Dr. Hull explained that the library "will open as soon as we get a librarian." He said the library facilites will be available to the local medical profession when the library is opened. The school has also been granted use of two buildings — a two-story facility which is a former nurses' quarters, and a building formerly used as a residence for unmarried male em-ployes of the hospital — both will be used for research facilities for the school, Whitaker pointed out that more space will be available as is needed by the school. ROTATION Dr. Hull said that although mosl undergraduate teaching will be done in buildings on the grounds of Confederate when the medical school facility is com-, pleted, "there will be some rotation of students through the VA in order to take advantage of its clinical material and facilities and the skill and knowledge of the. scientists and clinicians on the VA staff. All members of the VA staff engaged in teaching or research are to become members of the medical school faculty." Both officials emphasized that the basic design of the hospital facilities is not being changed and the space can be reverted to its original use. They said that the student laboratories and most of the other facilities will become labo-ratories for research to be done by scientists and clinicians who will be members of the profes-sional staff of the hospital and of the medical school faculty.
|Title||VA Hospital Use to Speed Medical School's Program|
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
Veterans Administration Hospital (Shreveport, La.)
Hull, Edgar, 1904-1984
Whitaker, E. P.
Risinger, Dorothy E.
|Notes||Photos of Dorothy Risinger, Dr. Edgar Hull, E. P. Whitaker, and the Veterans Administration Hospital (Shreveport, La.)|
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