Dartmouth-Hitchcock uses live sheep to train emergency medicine residents.

Tell Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to Stop Using Sheep for Emergency Medicine Training

Please take a minute to ask School of Medicine Dean Duane Compton, Ph.D., and Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director E. Paul DeKoning, M.D., M.S., to replace the use of live animals with human-based training methods in the New Hampshire 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 animals in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s emergency medicine residency program with simulation or other human-based methods.
  • Today, 91 percent (194 of 211) of surveyed emergency medicine residency programs in the United States and Canada teach the same procedures without using animals.
  • Other New England emergency medicine programs—such as Boston University, University of Massachusetts, Maine Medical Center in Portland, and the University of Connecticut—exclusively use human-based training methods. 
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock already has a state-of-the-art simulation center—the Patient Safety Training Center—that could replace the use of animals in the emergency medicine residency.


  • Duane Compton, Ph.D., Dean, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine 
  • E. Paul DeKoning, M.D., M.S., Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program

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