Doctors Urge Illinois Medical School to Keep Medical Training Modern
The Physicians Committee monitors medical school programs to ensure that future doctors receive the best—and most ethical—training available. So as soon as Southern Illinois University School of Medicine began using live pigs in its emergency medicine residency program—after years of using only human-based training methods employed by 85 percent of U.S. programs—doctors immediately filed a complaint.
The complaint, co-signed by Physicians Committee member Marie Crandall, M.D., and Physicians Committee director of academic affairs John Pippin, M.D., was filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and explains that SIU is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live pigs to teach emergency medicine resident physicians when superior nonanimal alternatives are widely available.
In addition, 25,000 Physicians Committee members and supporters have e-mailed SIU School of Medicine dean Kevin Dorsey, M.D., Ph.D., and asked him to end the use of pigs in the emergency medicine residency program.
In the emergency medicine residency program at SIU, residents cut between ribs to insert a tube into the chest cavity, surgically open the chest, and make incisions in the throat and insert a breathing tube. The animals are then killed.
Nonanimal training methods are widely used by residency programs across the country—including Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, and four major training programs in Illinois—because nonanimal training is the best and most effective training available.
Ask SIU to keep its medical training modern at PCRM.org/SIU.