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News and briefs: Bob Barker urges university to stop using cats to train medical students

Residency Program Insider, January 31, 2012

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Game show icon Bob Barker is asking the University of Virginia to stop the practice of using cats to teach the proper way to insert breathing tubes into patients. The practice seeks to teach medical students on the proper method of inserting the tubes into premature newborns.

Barker, the longtime “The Price is Right” host, says in a letter to university president Teresa Sullivan the technique is harmful to felines and even “shortchanges” pediatrics medical students on their learning. Barker is an animal rights advocate, who donated $1 million to the university in 2009 to help develop an animal law program. He urges the medical school to switch to simulators.

According to an article on nbcwashington.com, university officials state that the use of simulators does not do as good a job in educating residents on the practice.

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