Thank Dean for Not Operating on Animals in Tulane University Medical School Training

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Target: Dr. Benjamin P. Sachs, Dean of Tulane University Medical School

Goal: Thank him for his decision to use the TraumaMan system instead of live pigs in life support training courses

Thanks to a recent decision, Tulane University medical students will now use the TraumaMan system instead of live pigs in life support training courses. TraumaMan is an anatomically-correct artificial human form that allows students to practice surgical procedures without using a cadaver or a living subject.

The university medical school has come under fire in recent years for using anesthetized pigs to practice surgical procedures, then killing and disposing of the animals. Animal rights groups, who claimed the school violated the Animal Welfare Act, are now overjoyed at the decision to halt the use of live animals in favor of human-based models. These models have been approved for education by the American College of Surgeons.

Ninety-eight percent of Advanced Trauma Life Support courses in US medical schools use human models. Tulane has taken a big step to make the number of institutions using live animals even smaller. Thank the Dean at Tulane University’s School of Medicine for approving the use of TraumaMan instead of living creatures.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Dr. Sachs,

Thank you for your decision to use the TraumaMan system instead of live pigs in the Tulane School of Medicine ATLS courses. We hope that other institutions using live animals for surgical training will follow your lead and begin using human models instead. The movement for the end of cruelty to animals has gained speed with this important change in your school policy.

Please continue to set the the example for other schools who lag behind. Continue to use non-living subjects for training. We thank you for taking a forward-thinking stance on this matter.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: REL Waldman via flickr

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