1/19/09: Unnecessary – Live Dogs Cut Open To Train Med Students
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Robert P. Kelch, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
M7324 Medical Science Building, Box 0626
University of Michigan Health System
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Dear Doctor Kelch,
Two decades ago, medical schools let students practice emergency procedures
on dogs. Today, the University of Michigan is among a small number of
institutions that still use old-fashioned animal labs. More than 90% of
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) classes taught in the U.S. and Canada
benefit from human-focused simulators alone. Dogs, goats and pigs just
aren’t effective teachers any more.
I respectfully ask you to terminate live animal labs. Apparently UM has even
incorporated companion animals from Michigan shelters into its course
materials. Since researchers are not required to learn a dog’s origin, it’s
easy to wind up with someone’s lost or surrendered pet. Koda, a
silver-and-black malamute sold to UM, died along with other dogs who were
cut open, practiced upon, and discarded.
I am shocked UM buys shelter animals from disreputable Class B dealers like
R & R Research to kill them in crude training drills. Moreover, emergency
medical training is better served by non-animal systems. As you know, the
American College of Surgeons endorses TraumaMan System, Synman, human
cadavers and other synthetic models for ATLS.
Overall, animal-free research cuts costs and improves proficiency. A timely
New England Journal of Medicine article highlights the “very detailed
feedback and…more subtle measurement of trainee performance” gained from
virtual reality simulators. The article summarizes: Inanimate models are
“safe, reproducible, portable, readily available, and…cost-effective.”
Students who gain surgical knowledge from dogs deal with inconsistent
variables. Incision pressure differs between dogs and humans. Shape, angle,
and texture of internal organs are also vastly incongruous. Why teach skills
that don’t apply directly to human beings?
Please update the University of Michigan’s trauma-management training with
methods more relevant to human anatomy and surgery.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Ryan Merkley, PCRM Manager of Humane Education Programs
Save Dogs From Trauma Training At University Of Michigan
U-M’s surgical training experiments on dogs blasted
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