Doctors Urge Illinois Medical School to Keep Medical Training Modern
Until July, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine used the same human-based training methods as 85 percent of U.S. emergency medicine residency programs. The Physicians Committee filed a complaint last month when the school began using pigs.
The complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture explains that SIU is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live pigs to teach emergency medicine resident physicians.
In the emergency medicine residency program at SIU, residents make an incision in the eyelid of a live pig to drain previously injected fluid, make an incision between ribs to insert a tube into the chest cavity, surgically open the chest, and finally make an incision in the throat and insert a breathing tube. The pigs 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.
To ask SIU to keep its medical training modern, visit PCRM.org/SIU.