In 1936, at the suggestion of her mentor at Columbia-Presbyterian, Apgar made inquiries to the few existing anesthesiology
programs about getting a residency with them. Initially, none of them had any residency openings. Waters was able to offer
her a position for 1937, but he could not offer her lodging in the residents' rooms at the hospital (the usual arrangement
at that time) because the hospital had too many house officers.
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1936-10-29 (October 29, 1936)
Waters, Ralph M.
University of Wisconsin. State of Wisconsin General Hospital
Original Repository: Mount Holyoke College. Archives and Special Collections. Virginia Apgar Papers [MS 0504]
Reproduced with permission of Darwin D. Waters.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
From Surgery to Anesthesiology, 1933-1937
Letter from Ralph M. Waters to Virginia Apgar (April 27, 1936)
I have thought about our conversation the other night on the way home and have just discussed the matter with Doctor Buerki,
the superintendent of the hospital.
It seems to me desirable from your standpoint that you should come to us for the first half year of 1933, if you care to do
so. The best that Doctor Buerki can do is to offer you your board, but there are just too many house officers at present
to fill the available beds and he cannot offer you a place to sleep. As you know, things change around a bit and it might
be that when you get here you could find a hole in the wall in which to stay that would cost you little or nothing. At any
rate, there are rooms available in the immediate vicinity of the hospital in which I think you could find housing facilities
Now as to the exact time. You are welcome to come any time after the first of the year or at the first of the year. I should
like to stipulate to let you stay one month beyond the first of July, that is, until the first of August at least. This,
because I am quite sure you could get more clinical work during June and July or even August, perhaps, than at any other time
because the rest of the force is apt to be taking vacations and our changes occur at the first of July.
This period will include the undergraduate lectures and demonstrations which I think will be of interest to you and by all
means the better time of year for you to come.
Your relationship to the hospital staff will in a sense be an unofficial one but in another sense it will be official and
I am quite sure you will be able to do considerable practical work and to all intents and purposes be a real part of the Department
I should appreciate your letting me know whether you are accepting this arrangement, or not, at your earliest convenience.