John Hopkins Med school has announced it will no longer use live pigs to be able to help train its university students.
The Baltimore area college said the modification would be occurring next month with the removal of a course that required students to operate on live pigs which were then euthanized once the procedure was complete.
Audrey Huang, a Hopkins spokeswoman, said that the decision came following a yearlong review board determined the course to be unnecessary to teach \”the best doctors in the world.\” ?The curriculum is defined under review on a regular basis to ensure that all information and processes being taught are up to date.
She added that the course had been popular among students and received high marks in alumni reviews.
\”The latest task force to examine the pros and the cons and the ethics decided the bar has to be pretty high to warrant doing this,\” said Huang. \”While students were huge fans from the course it felt enjoy it wasn\’t absolutely necessary.\”
Although the portion of the course in which students operated around the pigs was optional, Huang said that each student who signed up for the course also opted to perform the surgery.
The school happens to be considering the use of simulators, which other medical universities including Harvard curently have in place.
\”I think the only way to get good at doing a particular surgery or operation is do get it done over and over again,\” said Dr. Neel Kantak, Harvard School of medicine.
The University of Maryland Med school is one such school to possess implemented a simulation center, which opened in 2006. ?Students there\’ve the opportunity to practice procedures as many times as they would like to until they are successful, writes Meredith Cohn for?The Baltimore Sun.
Data from animal rights group the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine shows that John Hopkins had previously been one of two accredited Universities in the usa and Canada to use live animals for medical education. ?The group has been engaged in a battle for over a decade in an effort to put a stop to using animals for training.
The committee was instrumental within the organization of many events in opposition to the use of animals, including picketing away from school and offering petitions signed by doctors. ?The audience also tried to have the school investigated by Baltimore City prosecutors, claiming they\’d violated animal cruelty laws within the state. ?However, that effort was unsuccessful.
A bill was introduced in the General Assembly this season, backed through the group, that would have banned the practice of using live animals in this manner. ?That bill wound up not moving forward after?a hearing where the University defended its practice.
JHU?officials have maintained the school has always complied using the US Department of Agriculture regulations as well as other institutional and governmental animal welfare guidelines.
The University of Tennessee College of drugs at Chattanooga has become the only school in the united states to use live animals in the curriculum.