Yet Another Medical School Victory
Just months after being selected for PCRM’s campaign to eliminate animal use in medical education, the University of Miami School of Medicine has abolished its live animal laboratory, which used dogs to demonstrate basic concepts to students. In so doing, it joins the ranks of other prestigious medical schools, such as Yale, Stanford, and Columbia, that have scrapped the labs in favor of humane, high-tech and clinically-based alternatives. Thousands of medical students nationwide now learn basic physiology, pharmacology, and surgery concepts with interactive videodiscs, computer programs, and CD-ROMs, or by observing actual human surgery in the operating room.
Last spring, PCRM placed an advertisement in UM’s school newspaper encouraging students to “Save your first patient, choose an alternative to the animal lab.” UM medical students did just that. They obtained PCRM’s literature and our Emmy-nominated video, Advances in Medical Education, with Henry Heimlich, M.D., which documents Harvard’s human operating room alternative to the old-fashioned dog laboratory, and took their concerns to the physiology department. The faculty listened and, three months later, UM eliminated the laboratories.
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