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Ask Baystate Medical Center to End the Use of Live Animals in Trauma Training Courses

Please take a minute to ask Baystate Health president and CEO Mark Keroack, M.D., M.P.H., and Baystate Medical Center president Nancy Shendell-Falik, R.N., M.A. to immediately replace the use of live pigs in the hospital's Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) program. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. After you call, please send an e-mail to Baystate officials

Mark Keroack, M.D., M.P.H.
President and CEO, Baystate Health
Phone: (413) 794-5890
*You will reach Dr. Keroack’s secretary. Please leave a polite message.

Here are some talking points:

  • Please replace the use of live animals in your ATLS program with simulators and other human-relevant training methods.
  • Currently, 99 percent of surveyed ATLS programs (297 of 299 programs) in the United States and Canada teach the same procedures without using animals.
  • Every other ATLS program in Massachusetts uses only human-based methods for trauma training, including Massachusetts General Hospital and your affiliate, the University of Massachusetts.
  • The American College of Surgeons endorses simulation to replace animal use for ATLS training.
  • Baystate already owns TraumaMan, the most popular replacement for animals in ATLS programs, which is housed in the medical center's state-of-the-art simulation center.
  • In 2015, the Department of Defense ended the use of animals in ATLS courses in favor of human-relevant medical simulation.
  • Recipients:

    • Mark Keroack, M.D., M.P.H.
      Baystate Health president and CEO
    • Nancy Shendell-Falik, R.N., M.A.
      Baystate Medical Center president

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    Dear President Keroack and President Shendell-Falik,

    Sincerely,
    [Your Name]
    [Your Address]
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