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Residency Program Insider, November 8, 2013

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Live pigs aren’t necessary to train physicians to save lives.

That was the message of physicians and students who recently protested Southern Illinois University’s plan to use live pigs to train emergency medicine residents. The university triggered protests from members of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, an organization that says it advocates for “higher standards of ethics” in research.

Simulation models are a better alternative for training physicians, the committee says.

According to Central Illinois news station WAND, less than 20% of residency programs use live animals for training.

The university responded with a statement that although it respects the right of individuals to protest, its “first and most important goal is to train physicians to save lives.”



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