Tell Morristown Medical Center to Stop Using Dogs for Emergency Medicine Training

Please take a minute to ask president Trish O’Keefe, Ph.D., R.N., and Emergency Medicine chair William Felegi, D.O., F.A.C.E.P., to replace the use of live animals with human-based training methods in the New Jersey hospital’s emergency medicine residency program. 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 live dogs in Morristown Medical Center’s emergency medicine residency program with simulation or other human-based methods.
  • Today, 89 percent (142 of 160) of surveyed emergency medicine residency programs in the United States teach the same procedures without using animals.
  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Hackensack University Medical Center, Inspira Health Network, New York University, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai—none of their emergency medicine residencies use animals.
  • Morristown Medical Center already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that could provide the resources to replace the use of animals in the emergency medicine residency.

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  • Dr. William Felegi
  • Dr. Trish O'Keefe


Please Stop Using Live Animals to Train Emergency Medicine Residents

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