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Tell Baylor College of Medicine: Stop Using Animals for Medical Training

Baylor College of Medicine in Houston uses live animals to teach procedures to emergency medicine residents.

Trainees are instructed to cut into live pigs in order to practice invasive procedures. If the animals survive the procedures, they are killed following the training session.      

Today, 95 percent of surveyed emergency medicine residency programs (253 of 267) in the United States and Canada use only nonanimal methods, such as human-based medical simulation, cadavers, and partial task trainers. In fact, every other civilian emergency medicine residency in Texas exclusively uses human-relevant training methods, including all five programs affiliated with either Texas A&M or the University of Texas.

Baylor already has a state-of-the-art facility—the Baylor College of Medicine Simulation Center—that could provide the resources to replace animal use in the emergency medicine residency program.

Even with the widespread availability of validated human-relevant methods, Baylor continues using live animals. We have urged Baylor’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director, M. Tyson Pillow, M.D., M.Ed., and the Department of Emergency Medicine Interim Chair, Dick C. Kuo, M.D., to modernize Baylor’s training methods, but our requests have been ignored. We need your help to make this change.

Please take action and tell Baylor to end its use of live animals by making the switch to simulation—because Houston deserves better.

Media Contact:
Reina Pohl, M.P.H.
Communications Coordinator
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Campaign Contact:
Christine Kauffman
Research and Education Programs Specialist
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Tell Baylor College of Medicine to Stop Training on Live Pigs

Currently, 95 percent of emergency medicine residencies train without using animals.

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