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News and briefs: UW drops ferrets for simulators in residency training

Residency Program Insider, April 10, 2012

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Following months of pressure from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), the University of Washington is terminating the use of ferrets to train pediatric residents, according to a blog from The Seattle Times.

The residency program used anesthetized ferrets to train residents how to insert breathing tubes in premature infants. PCRM argued that the practice violated a federal animal-welfare law. According to a letter from PCRM Director of Academic Affairs, John J. Pippin, MD, FACC, to PCRM supporters, approximately 59,000 responses were sent to the University of Washington on the topic last year.

The university discontinued the practice as of December in favor of human-based medical simulators, according to The Seattle Times.

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