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June 16, 1995 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-06-16

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they already know anatomy and
physiology," he says. "What I
teach them is how to apply that
knowledge, and that means un-
derstanding the nature of
women's biology: pregnancy,
post-pregnancy, menopause and
Listening and caring is as im-
portant as diagnosing, he says.
It's a message his students
have heard. When a group of
them recently honored Dr. Sher-
man for his longtime work in the
field, their thank-you read, "Your
compassion, composure, patience
and devotion to teaching will
guide us throughout our lives."
Since Dr. Sherman began his
practice much has changed not
only in the approach to and treat-
ment of patients but also in the
kind of person doing the care giv-
ing, as well.
When Dr. Sherman first
looked into attending the Uni-
versity of Toronto, "Jews were re-
stricted to 10 percent of the
student population, women were
1 percent and there were no
"Today, about 40 percent of
those entering medical school are
women and about 85 percent of
them go into OB-GYN.
"My first group of residents
were all men," he says. "Now, of
16 residents there are three
males, and next year that will go
down to two."
And while he admits to a pas-
sionate interest in women's med-

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and you're caught" — it's his stu-
dents who keep Dr. Sherman
"I learn from my students.
That's a big part of teaching," he
says. "When people have ques-
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Dr. Sherman, a founder of the
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