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Tell Johns Hopkins University: Stop Using Animals for Medical Training

Please take a minute to ask Johns Hopkins University vice dean for education Roy C. Ziegelstein, M.D., M.A.C.P., to immediately replace the use of pigs in the school’s medical student surgery clerkship. Johns Hopkins is one of only two accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada (out of 197) using animals to teach surgical skills to students.

Dr. Ziegelstein has told the Johns Hopkins student newspaper that the university’s animal use provides students with "an appreciation for the sanctity of life." But students would garner a greater appreciation for life if the university would make the compassionate—and educationally superior—choice that nearly every one of its peers has made: switching to human-relevant medical simulation for surgical skills training.

We have provided text for your message to Dr. Ziegelstein, 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 the surgery clerkship at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Of the 197 accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada, Johns Hopkins is one of only two schools that use live animals for medical student training. Ninety-nine percent of medical schools—including the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Harvard University, and Yale University—use only human-relevant methods.
  • Johns Hopkins has a state-of-the-art simulation center that could immediately replace the use of animals with human-based methods. 

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