Posted by: kinshipcircle | January 20, 2009

ACT/Live Dogs Cut Open to Train Med Students

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
ph: 734-647-9351
email: rkelch@med.umich.edu

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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.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Ryan Merkley, PCRM Manager of Humane Education Programs
rmerkley@pcrm.org
Save Dogs From Trauma Training At University Of Michigan
http://www.pcrm.org/resch/atls/michigan/index.html
U-M’s surgical training experiments on dogs blasted
http://www.freep.com/article/20090114/NEWS06/901140322/1001/NEWS/U-M+s+surgical+training+experiments+on+dogs+blasted

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  1. […] Kinship Circle: Unnecessary – Live Dogs Cut Open To Train Med Students “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.” […]

  2. I send email like above. I hope that have good results to those animals.

  3. mark twin once said and i paraphrase”if the medical world needs to experiment on animals for human health,then we need to forgo that type of progress!”There is no need in this age to do animal testing!there are now new and improved ways of testing products and making medical progress!!all animal experimentation must end now!

  4. this is sickening

  5. doing that to live animals is cruel
    how would you fele if you were in ther prediciment
    all that pain and suffering they must go threw it is sickening and gut renching those poor animals dont deserve it
    animals have the same feelings as people they deserve the rights as us
    there is no need for this it is cruel just stop it

  6. SUCH BARBARIC CRUELTY! SEEMS TO ME LIKE A BUNCH OF BURNT OUTS IS GOING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL! WHO WOULD WANT THEM TO CARE FOR YOURSELVES,ELDERLY PEOPLE,INFANTS AND SMALL CHILDREN..ALSO HANDICAPPED PEOPLE

  7. I could not be more disgusted. Stop this now.

  8. Good Doctors need to be compassionate.
    You are teaching them to be without compassion by forcing them to cut open live dogs.
    Shame on you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    These methods are no longer used in other medical schools as they are useless. Why, because dogs are not humans!!!
    To do this on a live animals is no better than what the Nazis did. You are DE SENSITISING YOUNG MEDICAL STUDENTS IN A BARBARIC WAY.
    STOP NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. this is very bad, a cause of great worry & concern , because it can be difficult to communicate to wrongdoers , when they are so insensitive – this is the problem ; how to show them they are wrong – not an easy task .
    & of course, this is aimed at creating diseases in people that were not meant to happen : & it implies other underhandedness of medical doctors that we are are afraid of .
    a whole new system entirely is needed .

  10. I am always astonished hearing such things…..never get used to, nor could I, nor do I want to
    STOP ANIMAL CRUELLTU

  11. How can anyone in their right mind do this act. These poor animals have feelings and they are a live, breathing, defendless creation of God. You disgust me…..how can you be a part of helping others when you are destroying and causing pain to animals. Have you ever heard that “A man’s soul is determined on how he treats animals.”

    STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY……..

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