Spoolstra, Albern 19730331; Independent Press Telegram, Long Beach, CA
VA to staff St. Mary's Emergency dentistry slated Mondays St. Mary's Hospital of Long Beach has arranged with Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital to provide resident dentists in oral surgery for the St. Mary's emergency department. The program, which begins Sunday, is an effort to expand the oral surgeon's training experience in the management of oral and facial trauma in emergency situations. On rotating on-call duty at the outset of the program will be the following VA Hospital oral surgery residents: Terrence McCarthy, D. D. S., a third-year resident; Albern Spoolstra, D. D. S., a second-year resident; and Donald'Testa, D. D. S., a first-year resident. They will work under the direction of Jerry Hughes, M.D., director of the emergency department, and the on-call oral surgeon of the hospital's dental staff. L)r. Sam J. Poidmore. chief of the oral surgery section at the VA Hospital, explains: "Oral surgery residents at the VA usually see only corrective surgery cases and elective procedures. Because of the great variety of trauma cases channeled to St. Mary's, it will make for a very well- rounded training program. "With St. Mary's also being the base station for the city's mobile emergency care system, our residents should gel added experience in trauma of the jaws and associated structures of the mouth." Each resident will spend a one-week orientation period at St. Mary's and then will rotate on call every third week. On weekends they will spend at least 12 hours in the emergency department. Dr. Edson Beebe Jr. is chairman of St. Mary's dental committee. WHAPS HAPPENING A reminder of admission-free events in the Long Beach area this weekend.