To the Indiana University School of Medicine for discontinuing using cats to practice intubation in the school’s pediatric resident training program.
In a letter received by NHES dated September 2, 2011, the manager of Science Communications, Eric Schoch, responded to our letter in which we urged the School of Medicine to curtail the use of cats in the school’s pediatric resident training program.
In his letter, Schoch, responding on behalf of the dean of the school, states, “I wanted to let you know that we have reviewed our training programs, and while some physicians and medical practitioners were offered an option to learn intubation techniques using cats, an education program that followed widely accepted standards, the practice has been discontinued. The IU School of Medicine has adopted advances in educational technology that have resulted in ways to conduct this vital training without the use of live animals.”
We applaud the decision on the part of the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Take Action: Send a note of thanks to the dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine. In addition, if you know of other university schools of medicine that still use live animals in their pediatric resident training programs, contact them to let them know that modern technology has replaced the need to subject innocent animals to such practices as pediatric intubation.
Dean D. Craig Brater, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine
340 West 10th Street, Suite 6200
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3082