Doctors Tell Southern Illinois University to Switch to Simulation
Doctors with the Physicians Committee joined students and Springfield-area residents in October for a “To Improve Education, Switch to Simulation” demonstration outside the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
“Southern Illinois University’s planned use of animals is an unacceptable educational method,” says Marjorie Cramer, M.D., F.A.C.S. “SIU residents deserve the best possible educational experience to prepare them to care for patients. A pig’s anatomy is vastly different from a human’s, and residents can get a better education using state-of-the-art, human-centered technology.”
The physicians also delivered a petition that asks the U.S. Department of Agriculture to eliminate gaps in its enforcement of Animal Welfare Act so that nonanimal alternatives are used to the greatest extent possible.
Superior nonanimal education methods are exclusively used by 83 percent of U.S. emergency medicine residency programs surveyed by the Physicians Committee. Simulab’s TraumaMan System, SynDaver’s Deluxe Cric Trainer, and CAE Healthcare’s Human Patient Simulator can be used for the procedure skills taught in emergency medicine residency training.
Learn more about the Physicians Committee’s Ethics in Emergency Medicine Training campaign at PCRM.org/EMT.