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3/20/09: End Live Labs At New Jersey Med School
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William Owen Jr., M.D., President
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
65 Bergen St., Room 1535
Newark, NJ 07107-3007
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Dear William Owen Jr., M.D,
The University of Michigan Health System recently chose to use only
simulated models for Advanced Trauma and Life Support (ATLS) courses. I
strongly urge University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), to
join U-M Medical school — along with more than 90% of U.S. and Canadian
facilities that benefit from human-focused simulators alone.
I am surprised University Hospital in Newark, UMDNJ’s teaching hospital,
still relies upon old-fashioned animal experiments. Emergency medical
training is better served by relevant and humane non-animal systems. Please
replace the maiming and killing of pigs with Simulab’s TraumaMan, among the
most commonly used surgical simulators worldwide.
TraumaMan’s anatomical body facilitates practice of lifesaving skills and
reduces trainee dropout rates. The American College of Surgeons endorses
TraumaMan System, SimMan, human cadavers and other synthetic models.
I encourage you to assess sophisticated patient simulators for ATLS courses.
UMDNJ is one of the only U.S. teaching labs that still mutilates and
discards live pigs. These living creatures undergo confinement, transport,
isolation and preparation, experiments and slaughter.
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.”
Please update UMDNJ trauma-management training with methods more relevant
to human anatomy and surgery. Killing live pigs is no longer viable, given
the accessibility of capable and equivalent non-animal technologies.
SOURCE: 2/26/09, Trauma training course will use simulators only
FULL STORY: http://www2.med.umich.edu/prmc/media/newsroom/details.cfm?ID=1057
SUMMARY: Your letters, calls, emails and faxes made an impact. Six weeks
after Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM) alerted us to
cruel and old-fashioned live dog labs for University of Michigan’s trauma
training courses, UM publicly announced a switch to simulator usage only.
Nonanimal research tools mean no one suffers. No one dies. Woof! Oink!
ANN ARBOR, Mich — After careful study, the University of Michigan Health
System has decided to use only simulated models for the Advanced Trauma and
Life Support courses conducted at the U-M Medical School. Media contact:
Margarita Bauza, firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-764-2220
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1/19/09: Unnecessary – Live Dogs Cut Open To Train Med Students
SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
Help End the Use of Live Pigs for Trauma Training at the University of
Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Ryan Merkley, Manager of Humane Education Program, PCRM
Home of TraumaMan System
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