End Live Animal Labs At New Jersey Med School

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Originally Posted: 22 March 2009

End Live Animal Labs At New Jersey Med School

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Please contact the President of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) to use methods more relevant to human anatomy and surgery in trauma-management training. Killing live pigs is no longer viable, given the accessibility of capable and equivalent non-animal technologies.

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William Owen Jr., M.D., President
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
65 Bergen Street, Room 1535
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07107-3007
phone (973) 972-4400

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SAMPLE LETTER. This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue. WRITE YOUR OWN LETTER using these talking points.

Dear William Owen Jr., M.D.

The University of Michigan Health System recently chose to use only
simulated models for Advanced Trauma and Life Support (ATLS) courses. I
strongly urge University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), to
join U-M Medical school -- along with more than 90% of U.S. and Canadian
facilities that benefit from human-focused simulators alone.

I am surprised University Hospital in Newark, UMDNJ's teaching hospital,
still relies upon old-fashioned animal experiments. Emergency medical
training is better served by relevant and humane non-animal systems. Please
replace the maiming and killing of pigs with Simulab's TraumaMan, among the
most commonly used surgical simulators worldwide.

TraumaMan's anatomical body facilitates practice of lifesaving skills and
reduces trainee dropout rates. The American College of Surgeons endorses
TraumaMan System, SimMan, human cadavers and other synthetic models.

I encourage you to assess sophisticated patient simulators for ATLS courses.
UMDNJ is one of the only U.S. teaching labs that still mutilates and
discards live pigs. These living creatures undergo confinement, transport,
isolation and preparation, experiments and slaughter.

Overall, animal-free research cuts costs and improves proficiency. A timely
New England Journal of Medicine article highlights the "very detailed
feedback and...more subtle measurement of trainee performance" gained from
virtual reality simulators. The article summarizes: Inanimate models are
"safe, reproducible, portable, readily available, and...cost-effective."

Please update UMDNJ trauma-management training with methods more relevant
to human anatomy and surgery. Killing live pigs is no longer viable, given
the accessibility of capable and equivalent non-animal technologies.

Thank you...

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