Last Medical School Ends Requirement for Students to Operate on Live Animals
Remember when we posted about Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine officially putting an end to requiring students to surgically operate on live animals for courses? That left only one medical school–the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga–in both the United States and Canada, that still continued the practice of using live animals.
In a recent press release from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, it has been confirmed that the University of Tennessee College of Medicine has also made the decision to switch to “human-relevant training methods”. This marks a significant milestone since they were the last remaining medical school to use animals for training. Dr. John Pippin, director of academic affairs at the Physicians Committee, stated:
“With the decision by leaders at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine to eliminate animal use in the Surgical Skills Laboratory, we are entering the post-animal era in medical student education.”
He also stated the university has followed in the footsteps of the numerous ones before, most recently the Johns Hopkins University, based on the evidence that there are superior training methods available:
“The University of Tennessee has acknowledged that simulation and other nonanimal teaching methods have supplanted the cruel and unnecessary use of live animals in the training of physicians.”
This new era in medical education will be beneficial for both the animals and the students according to the press release, as interactive and programmable simulators actually replicate human anatomy and physiology, “giving new doctors the skills they need to care for human patients.” Sounds like a win-win to us!
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