|SimMan 3G from Laerdal|
At the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine (UMC), live animals are used in medical student physiology courses. Students are instructed to place catheters in the arteries and veins of live pigs, block the animals’ arteries, and inject them with drugs. Students then open the pigs’ chest cavities and massage the hearts before the animals are killed. Nonanimal training methods are widely used by 98 percent of medical schools in the United States, making this use of animals not only cruel but unnecessary.
High-fidelity simulators, such as the SimMan 3G from Laerdal and the Human Patient Simulator from CAE Healthcare, are programmable and interactive teaching tools. These human-based simulators allow faculty to apply state-of-the-art physiology teaching methods while collecting valuable performance data without mutilating and killing pigs.
Despite the availability of these human-based nonanimal methods, UMC is chooses to continue the inhumane practice of using live animals to train future doctors. Please take action and tell UMC dean James Keeton, M.D., and University of Mississippi chancellor Daniel Jones, M.D., to switch to simulation.