Simulation ERAsk Medical Facilities to End the Use of Animals for Trauma Training

Please take a moment to ask the top decision-makers of the two remaining medical facilities using animals for Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) courses to follow the Department of Defense's lead and switch to human-relevant training methods. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

  • Please replace the use of animals in ATLS courses with simulators and other human-relevant training methods.
  • Currently, 99 percent of ATLS courses (274 of 276 programs) in the United States and Canada teach the same procedures without using animals.
  • The American College of Surgeons endorses simulation to replace animal use for ATLS training, so please end this cruel and substandard practice immediately.
  • In 2015, the Department of Defense ended the use of animals in ATLS courses in favor of human-relevant medical simulation.


  • Dean L. Bresciani, Ph.D. – President, North Dakota State University
  • Paul Richard – President, Sanford Medical Center (in partnership with North Dakota State)
  • Mark A. Keroack, M.D., M.P.H. – President and CEO, Baystate Health
  • Nancy Shendell-Falik, R.N., M.A., President, Baystate Medical Center

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