Johns Hopkins University Announces End to Animal Use in Medical Education
On Wednesday, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announced that it would end the use of animals in the training of medical students, where students had used live pigs during surgical training courses. Audrey Huang, a Hopkins spokesperson, stated:
“The latest task force to examine the pros and the cons and the ethics decided that the bar has to be pretty high to justify doing this. While students were huge fans of the course it felt like it wasn’t absolutely necessary.”
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine praised the recent decision that would put an end to the practice of making incisions on the pig’s abdomens and inserting endoscopes, with the pigs being killed after the procedure. John Pippin, M.D. and director of academic affairs at the Physicians Committee, stated:
“Simply put, pigs and humans do not possess the same anatomy. Students are best trained for their careers in medicine with advanced, human-relevant technology–not with live animals.”
According to the Physicians Committee, this decision by the Johns Hopkins University now makes the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga the only remaining medical school in the United States or Canada that still uses animals for training.
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