Ethics in Pediatrics Training

The Physicians Committee

Ethics in Pediatrics Training

The use of live animals in pediatrics residency training was once a common practice. Today, however, the vast majority of these courses use nonanimal teaching programs exclusively use nonanimal methods.

Animals in Pediatrics Residencies

The primary emergency procedure taught in pediatrics residency training is endotracheal intubation, a medical procedure in which a tube is placed into the windpipe (trachea) through the mouth, or sometimes through the nose. In the past, most pediatrics residencies used cats or ferrets to train their residents in this procedure.

Animals are typically used over and over for intubation training. Animals used in these training procedures often suffer tracheal bruising, bleeding, scarring, severe pain, and even death. The anatomical differences between these animals and humans render this type of training ineffective.

Moreover, specifically developed simulators can completely replace the use of animals in pediatrics residency programs. In fact, studies have shown that these simulators are educationally superior to the crude and outdated methodology of using live animals. Read more>

Super Tory is an advanced newborn patient simulator.


The Physicians Committee’s Survey of Pediatrics Residencies

In 2008, the Physicians Committee began a survey of pediatrics residency programs in the United States. Because of the large number of facilities involved, the survey is ongoing, but so far the results have been encouraging. See the current results>